When can foot blisters become serious?

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A foot blister may become serious if infected. Be sure when you get a foot blister to avoid picking at it. Also, if still active, be sure to wrap with something such as a bandage prior to completing any physical activity that may results in sweating of some sort. If the infection is present, consider seeking addition guidance from your physician.

Foot blisters occur when there is extra friction against the skin.  Sometimes this can occur with new or improperly fitted shoes.  If you get a blister from your foot wear, you should break them in a little at a time so that your feet and skin have a chance to get used to different pressure points.  If it is due to an overuse issue such as running, you may need to take time to rest from that as well.  In most cases it is not recommended to open blisters because then you open up the chance for infection.  Blisters are not serious as long as they are not red, swollen and irritated.  If the blister has opened up, always keep these type of wounds clean and dry.  If pain is increasing or signs of infection are showing then it is a very good idea to have it checked out by your health professional.

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Blisters

A blister is a patch of raised skin that contains watery liquid. Blisters may form when your skin rubs against something repeatedly. For instance, if your shoes are tight, stiff, or too small, the skin on your feet can develop bli...

sters as it rubs against the inner part of the shoes when you walk. Don't pop a skin blister. Instead, cover it with a bandage and let the skin heal naturally.
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