Winter has officially arrived in Milford and Hamden, CT. Forecasters are predicting snowy weather for the Eastern United States, so this is the perfect time to get prepared. Fit, tread, and warmth are just a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping for new winter shoes. New shoes can also mean blisters. What can you do to prevent blisters, or to care for them once they have begun?
Once you know that you have a shoe that fits well, the best way to prevent blisters is to break-in new shoes slowly. Take note of places where you notice a rub, and apply a bandage on that spot the next time that you wear the shoes. Also, check your socks. Athletic socks don’t have a heel and tend to slide down. Choose socks with heels, or socks that have extra padding. What if a blister occurs even with these preventative measures?
Most blisters do not require medical attention. However, if you are a diabetic it is very important to contact your doctor before you address the issue yourself. In general, blisters should not be punctured unless you are experiencing pain and your daily activities are being affected. Instead, cover the area with a bandage. Topical Vitamin E or Aloe based creams can help calm inflammation.
If you must drain a blister, make sure that your hands are clean and that you use a sterilized needle. Wash the area, and then proceed to pop the blister leaving the skin over it. This will help in the healing process. Take note of the color of the fluid that comes from the blister; it should be clear. Yellow or white fluid is a sign of infection, and you should contact your doctor right away. Apply Hydrogen Peroxide, and then cover the area.
Don’t let painful blisters, or other foot and ankle concerns keep you inside this winter. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel today. Call our Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736 or the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055. Or, visit our website.