If you haven’t had a blister on your ankles or feet, you are either a baby or someone who has never worn shoes. You likely have had more than one experience with blisters, probably when you started wearing a new pair of shoes or insisted on continuing to wear shoes that never fit right and irritate your skin every time you put them on.
No matter how you get a blister, the end result is no fun. They hurt, they make every step an excruciating ordeal, they’re prone to infection and, frankly, they are a bit gross. You want that blister to heal as soon as possible. At minimum, you don’t want to make things worse or interfere with the natural healing process that ultimately takes care of most blisters.
If you find yourself hobbled with a painful blister, here are three ways to care for them that will put the spring back in your step:
• “Tent” the blister. You’ll want to put a bandage over your blister to protect it from infection and cushion irritation from socks or shoes. But blisters need air to heal properly. A flat and tight bandage over the blister can suffocate it and delay the natural healing process. Let the blister breath while still protecting it by “tenting” a bandage over the blister. Apply the adhesive parts of the bandage closer together than you typically would so that the bandage’s cushion forms a protective tent over the wound. When you are at home with your shoes off, take the dressing off, apply some antibacterial ointment and let the blister breathe even more.
• Apply green tea. Green tea’s anti-oxidant qualities make it much more than a soothing beverage. Green tea can reduce inflammation and put an extra charge into the body’s healing powers. To treat a blister, don’t drink the tea, but instead apply it directly to the blister itself. Brew three bags of green tea in boiling water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, let the brew cool, and soak your blister in it. If the blister is an area too difficult to soak, instead soak some gauze in the brew and then apply the gauze to the blister.
• Don’t mess with it. Don’t pick at your blister or you increase your risk of infection. Instead, let the blister pop on its own or use a sterilized sewing needle to open the blister near its lowest part so the fluid can drain. Cover it with antibiotic ointment and a bandage so it can safely heal.
Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWSpodiatry
If you have a chronic problem with blisters or have a blister which has become infected, we can help. The experienced and skilled podiatrists at JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida are a growing team of exceptional medical professionals who offer the highest degree of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.