Blisters On Feet: What Causes Them?
For years I experienced foot blisters and thought that they were simply inevitable. Blisters would develop when I ran, hiked, or even from just simply walking. They were painful, I had to treat them, and I couldn’t seem to prevent them.
Of course, I tried the most obvious solutions for blister prevention: getting comfortable, well-fitting shoes, wearing good quality socks, sometimes even adding a second pair of socks, cushioning my feet with insoles, taping areas of my feet that were most often affected—there was very little I hadn’t tried. And while some of these tactics occasionally helped reduce blisters on my feet, they did not work consistently.
One day, as I was looking for better ways to quickly and painlessly deal with feet blisters, I read about alternative ways to prevent blisters before they happen. I read about patches, powders, lubricants, and balms. I decided to try all of them to see which worked best for me.
What Are Blisters?
Blisters are painful protrusions that occur when the first layer of skin pulls away from lower layers and fills with fluid. Blisters often look and feel like a firm bubble under the skin. Blisters whether large or small can be extremely uncomfortable. They can get in the way of what you want to do, interrupt work, play, your fitness or training routine, or ruin your vacation.
What Causes Foot Blisters?
You may be asking yourself like I did, “Why do I keep getting blisters on my feet?” This is because the most common type of blisters are ones that occur on your feet. Foot blisters develop when your skin rubs against your shoes or socks excessively and over time. These type of blisters can occur from any repetitive movement, or source of friction whether it be- walking, running or exercising. The abrasion from these movements then causes the outermost layer of skin to separate from the other inner layers leading to a pocket that the body then fills with fluid.
What are the symptoms?
Outdoor enthusiasts are quick to talk about “hot spots” when discussing symptoms of a developing foot blister.
If you don’t stop what you are doing, a painful, a bubble will develop in the hot spot. Unattended, blister bubble could burst open, it can then become infected. Prevention and even early intervention can save you huge headaches!
Prevent Foot Blisters!
Most blisters can be avoided altogether by taking preventative measures instead of waiting to treat a situation that is already bad.
Trying to contain the problem with a bandage or by changing your socks and drying your feet is a great first step. But preventing the blister should be the first measure, so use Foot by Body Glide before any activity.
Before you put on socks and shoes, generously apply Body Glide anywhere skin on your feet may be vulnerable to rubbing. The balm forms a comfortable, invisible barrier between your skin and the repetitive forces that can rub your skin raw.
To avoid blisters, as the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and truer words were never spoken!
Image caption: Hiking Lake Serene in the Central Cascades, WA.