Foot Care Tips: Don’t Let Blisters Get the Better of You This Summer

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 23, 2015 3:00:00 PM

foot_blisterThe warm summer weather brings cute, strappy summer sandals with it, and while they can be colorful and comfortable they can also cause painful blisters. When the temperature gets warmer it causes your feet to swell and sweat. This can lead to friction against your shoes, even shoes that have always fit just right, and you may be faced with blisters you’ve never had before. There are some foot care techniques you can try at home to help your blisters, mentioned in the article excerpt below.

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9 Healing Home Cures for Blisters

Pure Aloe Vera Gel

“Aloe is what I use. It’s also a healer. I like [using it straight from] the plant the best." — Teresa McGinnis

Dr. Wu says: “This is a great idea. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means it helps relieve redness and swelling. Plus it’s very hydrating, and keeping skin moist helps it heal faster, especially once the blister pops on its own and shrivels up.”

Apple Cider Vinegar

“Soaking [the blister] is the best, otherwise dabbing on vinegar works great also. It’s an old-time remedy that my husband’s grandmother taught me.” — Hannah Ackler

Dr. Wu says: “Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, so it could help prevent infection once the blister pops. But even then — ouch! Vinegar is likely to sting, so if you use it, dip a cotton swab into the vinegar, and gently swab around the open or popped area.”

Underarm Deodorant

“To prevent blisters on your feet when wearing strappy sandals, rub some deodorant on the area first. It will let the straps slide across the skin but not rub.” — Amy Hansen

Dr. Wu says: “Deodorant prevents odor. Antiperspirant, though, prevents moisture. So antiperspirants would work better at preventing foot blisters. This is a great idea, since foot blisters are worsened by moisture and friction."

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Of course, the best way to deal with blisters is not to get them in the first place. You can prevent blisters and other problems by practicing these foot care tips, along with being honest with yourself about how well your shoes really fit – no matter how cute, colorful, and trendy they are for summer!

It’s important to take care of your blisters, or else they will just keep causing your foot pain, and could lead to an infection if they burst and aren’t properly treated.

If you have foot problems causing you pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Foot Care