Prevention and Treatment of Blisters

As a preventive strategy, IPFH suggests wearing properly selected and fitted, as part of an integrated approachpadded socks with shoes with non-slip outsoles and any inserts or orthotics prescribed or recommended by a doctor or foot health professional. Peer-reviewed, published studies have shown that wearing clinically tested padded socks can help protect against injuries to the skin/soft tissue of the foot, including blisters.

Consider using bandages or protective coverings proactively where blisters are likely to develop. Moleskin or other adhesive bandages are effective. Make sure they are applied securely.

Consider using powder or petroleum jelly to help lubricate and reduce friction and shear.

Don't wait until a blister has fully developed to treat it: If you feel discomfort or pain from friction and shear, stop your activity and cover any "hot spots" with bandages or adhesive coverings to help prevent the formation of a blister.

If you develop a blister, it is best to treat it immediately. Cover it carefully with a bandage, and re-tie or lace footwear to minimize friction and shear where the blister has developed. In most cases, it is best not to pop the blister. See the section "Medical Considerations for Blisters" below for more information on when and how to pop blisters and other medical considerations.

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