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Fight Frequent Blisters with Better Socks

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Hamden’s own Restaurant Week is right around the corner, running from September 15 to 21, 2014. This is a great chance for you to get around town and enjoy the local culture. However, you may not be up for a town stroll if you have frequent blisters. If you suffer from repeated sores, the answer may be in your socks.

Blisters are caused by friction and pressure against your skin. These little sores usually take a couple days to heal, as long as the pressure on them is relieved. Frequent blisters, though, show something is wrong with your footwear. Either your socks or your shoes are not protecting your lower limbs properly.

Tight, narrow shoes squeeze your toes together, forcing them to rub against each other and your footwear when you step. Socks also play a crucial role. Hosiery that is too loose may rub against the feet or bunch in places, creating friction. Socks that are too tight or two small may squeeze the digits and encourage sweating, making it more likely you’ll develop sores. Even if your shoes fit, but your socks do not, you have a higher risk for recurring blisters.

Switching your socks may help you avoid frequent, repeated blisters. Look for socks that are fitted and made of breathable synthetic or non-cotton, natural materials. You particularly want moisture-wicking varieties to help with sweaty feet. For activities like running or hiking, wearing two pairs of socks significantly reduces friction—you want a thin variety to sit close to the skin, and a thicker, woolen outer layer to protect your feet from your shoes.

You may want to try toe socks if you struggle with repeated sores between your digits. This type of hosiery fits like a glove, with individual pockets for each toe. The fabric between the digits acts as a protective barrier that reduces the negative effects of rubbing.

Frequent blisters are painful and make you more vulnerable to infections, particularly if you have diabetes or circulation issues. Preventing them is much better for your feet in the long run, and doing so may be as simple as changing your socks. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C., in Connecticut for more blister protection help. Use our website or call to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

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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