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What are blisters?
Blisters are fluid filled lumps that form on the skin between the outer layers. They are usually caused by friction, for example a blister forming in the arch of the foot from a new pair of running trainers, or the top of the toes when a shoe rubs. Blisters however can also be formed by burns, which can be caused by heat, cold or even contact with certain chemicals.
Some infections such as athletes foot can also cause blisters.
How can I help myself?
It is generally recommended to leave a blister alone and let the body reabsorb it over time or allow it to drain naturally. It is wise to leave the skin over the top intact if possible because this may prevent infection.
Try to remove the cause of the friction which led to the blister and make sure you always break new footwear in slowly.
If you keep getting blisters or pressure on the same area of the foot, you can try PelliTec pads in your shoes to protect your skin.
If a blister was caused by a burn, it may be worth getting it checked at your GP practice, minor injuries unit or A and E, based on the severity of the problem.
When to see a Podiatrist?
If a blister is painful, very large or likely to keep getting irritated, it is ok to have it drained using a sterile technique and dressed after with a sterile dressing. A Podiatrist can offer this service.
They may also advise padding the blister to offload it and help it heal. We also recommend you take your footwear to the appointment and any foot orthoses or insoles you may already use.