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BLISTERS

Painful, fluid-filled lesions, often caused by friction and pressure. The most common cause is repeated rubbing from ill-fitting footwear and socks and excessive moisture between the foot and the sock.

TO PREVENt BLISTERS:

As blisters are as a result of friction, there are a number of simple techniques that can prevent your walking, running or social activity being ruined by a blister:

  • wear comfortable, good-fitting footwear especially on long walks or runs
  • wear good walking socks in the right size, look for ones made of fibres with good ’wicking’ properties. Try wearing socks inside out to prevent the seams rubbing. Change your socks daily!
  • Some walkers and runners wear special ’dual layer’ socks. The inner layer moves with the foot, the outer with the shoe – eliminating friction at the skin surface. Ensure you change to a fresh pair after they become damp
  • Keep your toenails trim
  • If you feet get very sweaty there are poroducts that can help control excessive moisture. Your podiatrist can tell you about these.
  • Quickly remove any foreign bodies from your socks and boots
  • Ensure that the tongue and laces of your boots are arranged correctly and evenly
  • Check your feet carefully and regularly for any sign of rubbing and tenderness.

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