Blisters On Toes
How to Treat Blisters on Toes
If you have ever worn a pair of shoes, then you have probably had blisters on your toes. These nasty little injuries are painful. They sting and you often don’t realize you have them at first. A blister is a fluid-filled pocket on the skin that is cause by the irritation of repeatedly rubbing the skin on a surface. The main culprits when it comes to the formation of blisters on your toes are the shoes you wear.
New shoes are particularly bothersome when it comes to the formation of blisters on your toes. Your feet are not accustomed to the new shoes and this means that the shoes will rub your feet in places you are not used to. When it comes to trying on new shoes, you need to ensure that you wear the same kind of sock you will wear in the shoe on a normal basis. Then you need to walk or run around the store so you can get a feel for the shoes. Once you get the shoes home, be sure to wear them for short distances before you wear them for long distances or for sports activities.
When you do have blisters on your toes, or anywhere else, there are certain steps you should take to treat them. The first thing to know is not to peel off the skin or break it. Cover the blister for the first 24 hours then, if you wish to drain the blisters then you should do the following. Sterilize a needle by heating it until it glows red. Wipe the area of the blister with rubbing alcohol and gently pierce the blister on opposite sides. Then you can gently press down on the blister with a gauze pad to drain it. Do NOT peel off the skin covering the blister. Once done, ensure it is clean and cover it with a sterile bandage.
If the skin over the blister is already torn, then use fine sterile scissors to cut away the loose skin, clean it well, and cover with a sterile bandage. You can use antiseptic soap to clean the blister and if you are comfortable with using antibiotic creams you can use them as well. You will want to keep the area clean to reduce the chance of getting an infection. Signs of infection are redness around the blister, pus in the blister, and red streaks leading away from the blister.
There is no denying that blisters are painful. By doing what you can to avoid them your comfort level can remain in tact. Besides the tip above on buying new shoes, when you are using your shoes for a long period of time, you can wear synthetic socks that will take moisture away from you foot effectively and bring extra socks so that you can change them if your feet get too sweaty. Then you can simply enjoy the activity you are engaged in without worrying about the state of your feet.