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Blisters: a Frenemy of Friction

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Do you know those certain things that can make something better and worse at the same time? Let’s take the facetious example of the BYOB Painting Parties at Art Plus Studio. Enjoying some wine through the night might just help unlock your creativity, but your coordination is likely going to suffer toward the end of the evening if you decide to unlock too much of that creative side. In a similar manner, blisters can be both a blessing and a curse.

A blister is a bubble formed when fluid collects beneath the top layer of the skin as a reaction to friction in the area. Most are filled with serum, a clear, watery part of the blood. Others, however, can be filled with whole blood or pus. The bubble is meant to create a cushion between the area getting rubbed against and the damage beneath. The downside is that blisters can hurt or be very uncomfortable depending on where and how they develop.

Knowing how blisters form, however, can help prevent future ones from forming. Socks and footwear can be causing undue friction on your feet, so switching them out for more accommodating models might just do the trick for you. In other cases, the structure of your foot itself might be placing too much force on a certain area, leaving it vulnerable. Changes in footwear or custom-made orthotics could help those as well.

Blisters can be a pain, but they can also provide useful information to aid the health and comfort of your feet. If you have blisters that keep returning after you’ve made some changes, head in to see us at Family Foot Care & Surgery. We can help you get to the root of how your blisters form and take measures to keep them from coming back. Call either of our two offices at (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden to get started.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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