Hiking Nurse Deals with Blisters

Marcus RossAs nurse Marcus Ross walked his way across the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail, he was asked to make use of his medical skills numerous times to help injured hikers with their fractures, ankle sprains, and a variety of other conditions. Before completing the seven-month expedition Ross himself had to take a detour to get the blisters on his feet looked at by a podiatrist.

“I actually had a lot of problems with blisters and it turns out it was the anatomy of my feet and the way my foot turns when I go to step down,” he said. Ross believes that the trip was a good learning experience.

Blisters are an annoying skin condition that often pops up in the feet of people who are very active. For more information, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can examine any blisters you may have and offer advice on how to prevent more from forming.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

  • Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
  • Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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