4 Ways To Beat The Blister
If you’ve ever had a blister, you know they can be super painful and make every pair of shoes you own uncomfortable for a few days whilst it heals.
If you’re an active runner or walker, they can occur really frequently too. But why? Well, blisters are caused by friction between the shoe and sock rubbing against your skin. There are many ways this friction can be intensified: poorly-fitting shoes, hammertoes, bunions, or simply upping the pace. In addition, if you are finding blisters occur more regularly when you’re exercising or walking further distances, the heat and sweat from movement can cause the foot to swell which also increases the risk of friction.
The body tries to prevent the friction by producing fluid in the affected area beneath the skin, and this leads to that familiar feeling of pressure and pain.
So how does one prevent these pesky foot bubbles for good? Well, Organica HQ have put together the 4 most natural, fail-safe ways to fight for your feet and banish those problem blisters for good. Say good bye to the hiss of discomfort, and walk miles again knowing you’ve taken the right steps to save your feet.
Wear Comfortable, Well-Fitted Shoes
As we age, our feet can change size/width, so go and get measured if your shoes are proving uncomfortable – your feet might have grown/shrunk! Weight gain or loss can contribute here too, and if you have a foot-active lifestyle, the fatty padding on the soles of your feet will have depleted. Been through the menopause? Check in with your feet because the hormonal changes can contribute to lower bone density.
Shoes that are too small can cause blisters to occur underneath the toes. These are incredibly uncomfortable so make sure your shoes are always well-fitted.
It might be time to venture to the shoe store, huh?
Then, Take Time To Break Them In
We know you want to show your new shoes off to the world but if you want to prevent a blister, you’ve got to take it slow. Try blasting each new shoe with the hairdryer for a minute so the material becomes a touch warm and soft, then wear thicker socks and walk the shoe around the house until the material’s cooled again. This should help mould the shoes to your foot shape and prevent any squeezing of toes or heels. You can thank us later!
Hooves Of Hydration
Yes, sweaty feet are prone to friction but the same goes for dry! In order to maintain the correct amount of moisture and build up your skin’s natural barrier, you need to cream up!
Try Organica’s Heel Defend (recommended by professional dermatologists!). It’s an intensely moisturizing formula that relieves dry, hard skin and calluses. Infused with aloe vera and safflower oil, it deeply nourishes and hydrates the foot and allows maximum skin softening and restoration. Ingredients also include chamomile oil which soothes irritated and inflamed skin. It also helps fight fungus as it also contains tea tree oil which acts as an antiseptic. It’s a wonder cream for feet and excellent in terms of blister prevention. Make sure to massage it in to cleansed, then properly dried, feet daily.
Sock It Up
Step away from synthetic socks as these will steal moisture from your feet. If you’re considering cotton, that makes sense but it actually does the opposite and can cause you to hold on to too much moisture. Get the balance right. You need to look for socks with a reinforced toe and heel if you’re looking to reduce friction.
In addition, your socks should slide on smoothly, and not have excess fabric around the heels or toes otherwise you’re running the risk of a blister!
But, I Already Have A Blister?
So, you already have a large and painful blister. Here you’ll need to drain it in order to get it to start recovering. Wash your hands and sterilise a needle with an alcohol wipe (putting a needle over a flame will introduce carbon particles into the skin which isn’t good). Puncture the blister carefully and drain the liquid by pushing gently near the puncture hole. Then cover the area with a tight, clean band aid to stop bacteria getting to it. Clean and refresh the bandage every day until the skin starts to tighten again.
If you have a small, un-painful blister, the best thing to do is leave it be. It should heal by itself, and the intact skin will do the protecting job.
Prevention is clearly key when it comes to blister management.
Blisters aren’t life threatening, but they can be really irritating. However, in some cases, blisters can get infected. If you pop a blister with an unsterilised needle or play with it with dirty hands, this can cause germs to come into contact with the area. If a blister is filled with what looks like green or yellow muck, is red or hot to touch then it’s probably infected and can lead to a skin or blood infection. If this is the case, you might need to head to the emergency room.
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