Foot blisters are a constant struggle for active individuals of all walks, whether you’re training for the upcoming Orange Leaf Half Marathon in New Braunfels, enjoy a little pickup basketball before work or tennis on the weekends, or simply have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day. If you find this happening a lot, then you need a good blister prevention strategy.
Start by taking a look at your footwear. Good shoes that fit correctly, provide adequate support for your arch, and are appropriate for your chosen activity (e.g., a good pair or running shoes for running or a good pair of basketball shoes for basketball) are a crucial step. Shoes that don’t fit or aren’t in good shape anymore introduce extra stress and friction that can cause blisters. Stop by our office or go to a good specialty shoe store if you need help picking a style.
Don’t ignore the importance of socks, either! Socks that contain inconveniently placed seams or are made of materials that soak up sweat (like cotton) are much more likely to lead to blisters. Socks made of breathable or moisture-wicking fabrics, however, help keep feet cooler, drier, and more resistant to blister formation.
If you notice any “hot spots” where blisters frequently form, you can do some “pre-bandaging” of sorts before activity. Soft, secure bandages such as moleskin pads placed on these hot spots provide extra cushioning and protect sensitive skin from painful rubbing friction. Using powders or creams that keep your skin slick can also be a good option for some.
If you find these strategies are still not enough to keep blisters from coming back, it may be time to see Dr. McSpadden about stronger countermeasures. One of the biggest reasons certain feet are more prone to blisters than others is genetic—you may have inherited a foot structure that just doesn’t seem to agree with today’s shoes. Fitting you with the right orthotic device, then, is potentially one of the most effective blister prevention strategies possible. Our office provides fitting for fully custom orthotics using molds of your feet, and we also carry a wide selection of adjustable, high quality pre-fabricated inserts. A thorough foot examination at our office will help us determine what type of orthotic will work best for you.
If you just can’t keep your foot blisters under control, don’t try to fight the problem all on your own. Get help from Dr. Keith McSpadden and the team at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. You can request an appointment time from our staff online, or you can give us a call at 512-593-2949 to schedule in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX.