Link Found Between Socks Type and Blister Development

Link Found Between Socks Type and Blister Development

 A link may be present between the kind of socks one wears and the development of blisters on the feet. Wearing thin or cotton socks can increase the friction that causes the outer layer of skin to separate from the inner layers of skin.

Thin and cotton socks absorb sweat and therefore leave no lubrication for the feet. Preventing blisters lies in making sure the feet absorb the friction created.

This can be done by rubbing an antiperspirant or petroleum jelly over the areas of the feet that rub against the shoe, wearing friction-reducing socks, and reducing moisture by putting talcum powder or cornstarch in your shoes or socks.

In addition to sock type, long hours on your feet, either standing or walking, can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, DPM of Sudbury and Westford Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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