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Causes and Prevention of Friction Blisters

Friction blisters of the feet are painful lesions caused by repetitive rubbing against the skin. These blisters typically occur on areas of the feet that experience frequent pressure or friction, such as the heels or toes. They appear as fluid-filled sacs beneath the top layer of skin and may cause discomfort when participating in daily activities, such as walking or even wearing shoes. Proper footwear, cushioning, and moisture control are essential for preventing friction blisters. If a friction blister develops, it's important to cover it with a bandage or blister pad, rather than popping it, to minimize the risk of infection. Establishing a hygiene routine for your feet is advised to decrease the likelihood of friction blisters. Additionally, wearing moisture-wicking socks can help maintain a dry environment in your shoes. If you notice signs of a friction blister developing on the foot, it is suggested to discuss personalized care and treatment options with a podiatrist to alleviate discomfort and prevent future blisters. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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