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I get a blood blister on the bottom of my big toes if I walk too much. What causes this? Very difficult to get healed up.

Thank you for contacting us. IPFH does not diagnose conditions or provide medical advice on line. The blisters you describe might be indicative of a problem with the fit of your shoes, or with the type of footwear (including socks) you are wearing. You can read more about what causes blisters at our page on the topic. Also, you can learn more about IPFH's recommended approach to footwear selection and fitting in our article entitled "Integrated Approach to Selecting Padded Socks and Shoes that Fit." The reason you are seeing blood in the blister is that in the process of forming, blood vessels were damaged, and leaked blood into the usually clear liquid that accumulates when a blister occurs. Typically this is not serious, but because this appears to be happening whenever you walk longer than normal, you might want to consult a foot health professional. He or she can analyze your gait, recommend the best footwear for you, and help you get a proper fit. He or she can also make sure that you have no underlying issues that might be related to these blisters. We hope this information is helpful, and that you will consult a foot health professional and soon be free of these blisters.

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