Posts for: January, 2017
Do you find yourself getting blisters a lot? Are you wondering what the culprit could be?
Are you someone who does a lot of walking, running or hiking? If so, you may notice that you get blisters more often than you would like. What are these painful bumps and what causes them to appear? From the office of our Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, learn more about blisters and how you can prevent them.
These little fluid-filled sacs develop when feet get warm and begin to sweat or swell. When feet swell up they are more likely to rub up against shoes. This friction and rubbing will inevitably lead to blisters. You may find that you develop more blisters during hot and humid days, particularly when you are outside running or walking.
Of course, moisture of any kind can really play a major role in the development of blisters. This is something a lot of people don’t realize. From humidity and rain and sweat, wet skin isn’t as durable and is more likely to blister. And if socks get sweaty, this is yet another way to increase friction, particularly when your feet are in shoes.
In order to reduce the likelihood of getting blisters while wearing socks, look for socks that only offer moisture-wicking material. Of course, this doesn’t always prevent blisters entirely. If you find that you suffer from sweaty feet, our Alexandria and Sterling foot doctors can recommend a foot powder to use every day to help keep feet dry to reduce the chance of blisters.
You can even look for foot balms that are designed to create a protective layer over the skin to stop friction from rubbing skin raw. By taking the time to perform these safety measures ahead of time, you can prevent blisters from ruining your outdoor excursions.
While blisters are rarely cause for concern, if you are experiencing them regularly and they are making it difficult to wear shoes, then it might be time to talk to our Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, about other ways to prevent this from happening.