Most people develop blisters on their feet from time to time. Whether it's after a long run, a walk in new shoes, or a day in heels that are prettier than they are comfortable, blisters can be painful. It's important that you deal with them properly so that they heal promptly and don't become infected. Adhere to these dos and don'ts when treating blisters, and you should be in good shape.
Don't: Pop the blister.
If your blister pops on its own, then so be it. However, you should not pop your blister using a needle, tweezers, or any other methods. The pocket created by a blister is the perfect place for an infection to develop, and keeping that pocket closed is much safer. Your body will slowly absorb the fluid from the blister over the next several days.
Do: Apply an antiseptic if the blister pops on its own.
If you take off your shoe to find that your blister has popped, you'll want to clean it out. You can use an antiseptic liquid such as hydrogen peroxide or iodine to do so. Then, let the blister air dry. Do not place a bandage or pad over it just yet.
Do: Let the blister breathe whenever possible.
When you don't have to be wearing shoes, leave your socks and shoes off so your blister can heal. It will heal a lot faster if it's exposed to air so it can dry out.
Don't: Put the same shoes that caused the blister back on.
They'll just keep rubbing in the same spot and make matters worse. Go through your shoes, trying them on until you find a pair that does not bug the blistered area. Then, stick to these shoes for the next few days until your blister is mostly healed and no longer sore. When you put your shoes on, cover your blister with a sticky bandage. This will keep it from coming into contact with the inside of your shoe or sock, which may be contaminated with bacteria.
Do: Call a podiatrist if your blister appears to be infected.
Signs of infection include excessive redness, swelling, failure to heal, and the leaking of white or yellow pus from the blister area. Don't ignore these symptoms. What seems like a minor infection can quickly spread to the surrounding tissues and maybe even to your bloodstream. Your podiatrist, such as Plaza Podiatry, can prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection and properly clean out the blistered area.
With the tips above, your blister should heal, and you'll be back on your feet in no time.