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How can I prevent foot blisters?

Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The best way to prevent blisters on your feet is to wear shoes that fit comfortably -- not so tight as to cause continuous pressure, and not so loose that they slide up and down your heel when you walk. Also, make sure your feet remain dry during the day, since moist feet tend to "stick" to the shoe and worsen rubbing. Wear socks or stockings to pad the skin and minimize any friction as you walk. If you are prone to blisters or know that particular shoes cause problems, use petroleum jelly to lubricate the skin in a problem area, or foot powder to keep your feet dry. You can also protect the skin at problem spots using bandages or moleskin.

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