Blisters are fluid filled sacs on the surface of the skin. These can be very painful and can become infected. Blisters are generally caused by 4 factors. These include moisture, friction, heat and pressure.
How to avoid the development of blisters:
- Wear moisture wicking socks (Available from sports shoes stores and Outdoor Adventure type stores)
- Wearing 2 pairs of socks (Double layer of socks of different thickness and fabrics)
- Powders (Antiperspirants for your feet)
- Tapes (Rigid sports tape, Rock tape, Felt and Fleecy web)
- Methylated spirits (Toughens up skin where the blisters occur)
- Compeed Blister patches
Orthotics help maintain the foot in a functionally neutral position so that the arch is not collapsing. The foot can pronate or collapse as the muscles fatigue especially in runners who run many kilometres.
When the arch collapses this can cause friction on different areas of the foot causing blisters to develop. Areas that are commonly affected by blisters are through the arch, back of the heels and top of the toes.
If you have blisters and need them treated, or to find out about blister prevention, call Kew Foot Clinic on 03 9853 6877 to make an appointment.