Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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Should I pop the blister on my foot?
Proper blister foot care is not particularly cut and dry. If you are wondering if you should pop blisters on your feet, the answer is “it depends.” Why? Well, there are some very important variables in the equation, such as diabetes.
Individuals who are living with diabetes should definitely not pop a blister. The risk of an infection that could lead to a serious complication is too great. If the area surrounding the blister is red, you may already have an infection. Please see Dr. Evan Merrill and have him take care of it for you immediately.
For other individuals, popping a blister is fine to do. Make sure that you sterilize a needle using either heat or rubbing alcohol, wash your hands and the area surrounding the blister carefully, and do not remove the excess skin. Pat the loose skin down against the sensitive tissue, apply an antibiotic cream or ointment, and cover with a bandage.
Should you need help with a troublesome blister on your foot, come see Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. Call (541) 776-3338 or make an appointment online today!
How can I run with blisters?
It’s hard to run with blisters, but a little care can help treat and prevent them. If you already have a blister, take care of it right away. All sores need to be cleaned and covered to avoid infection. Gently wash the area with soap and water, then cover with a bandage. If you can, keep the bubble or loose skin intact. A pad over the bandage with a hole where the sore is can help keep pressure off it.
When you run, wear fitted socks that wick moisture away from the feet. That will help prevent friction and rubbing. You may need insoles or orthotics to help relieve pressure points and pad frequently sore areas as well—or new shoes altogether—to avoid friction points. If your blisters are not healing, frequently reappear in the same spot, or you’re concerned one may be infected, contact the experts at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. Fill out the form on the website contact page or call our Medford office at (541) 776-3338 to reach us.
How do I treat blisters?
Blisters are painful sores that develop from friction or irritation on your skin, so it’s important to cover the affected spot and reduce the rubbing. You may need to pad your shoes with moleskin or a gel pad to preventing irritation. If a blister recurs frequently in the same location, you may need a custom orthotic to cushion and protect your foot. When one appears, do your best to leave the blister intact, so the raw skin under the bubble will be less likely to get infected. Use a bandage with antiseptic to cover the sore. Cushioned bandages with a hole in the center can protect the spot without putting any direct pressure on it. If you are diabetic, however, contact a specialist like Dr. Evan Merrill right away to make sure the blister is properly cleaned and bandaged to prevent it from deteriorating into an ulcer.
If your blister isn’t healing, or pain from it is limiting your mobility, don’t ignore the problem. That will only allow it time to worsen. Instead, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford right away for more information or an appointment. You can reach us by calling (541) 776-3338 or visiting the website contact page.