Blisters. Even the word sounds annoyingly painful. blisters are a way in which your body tries to heal damage to the upper layer of your skin. We are here to help you cope with blisters, treat the blistered area, and work to prevent blistering reoccurring.
Blisters on your feet are caused by friction against your skin. Usually, the culprit is ill-fitting footwear, whether that is your socks or tights etc, or your shoes.
Here’s some advice about blisters, and a quick guide to our extensive line of products designed to help you heal and assist you to not get blistered again.
Blisters: Avoiding Them
The first step in avoiding getting blisters, is for you to work out what is causing the blisters.
- Is it how you walk? It is possible that the way in which you walk (your gait) is the problem. You can use these specially designed insoles to help with this by wicking away moisture from the tops and providing a softer surface beneath your foot.
- Seams on your socks, or tights, or shoes can chafe against your skin. Our socks are free from seams and cushion your feet with built-in moisturising.
- By lubricating the skin, moisturising can help reduce this friction which leads to blisters. Our other skin care products help develop elasticity and resistance to blistering on the surface of your feet.
- Loose-fitting footwear can do as much damage as footwear that is too tight, and we all know how painful it can be to break in a new pair of shoes! Our shoes and slippers have a softer interior with gentler seams, and a wide toe-box design to avoid rubbing against your feet.
- If your feet are tender or you are planning a high-endurance exercise which may lead to blistering, you can use this Gehwol Foot Cream to condition your feet and strengthen the skin.
Blisters: Coping With Them
To pop or not to pop! That is the question most people ask themselves when that awkward blister feels so wrong and uncomfortable. The National Health Service advises you not to pop them. However, if the blister is large and filled with fluid then it is likely to pop by itself, and it is important to ensure that a popped blister does not become a source of infection. The best way to avoid this is for you to pop the blister in a controlled and clean environment, such as your bathroom, where you can hygienically pop the blister, clean the area, and then dress it with a plaster.
Over an unpopped blister, you should use a plaster or a soft dressing to cover it before it pops. This will also help avoid you painfully knocking the blistered area. If you pop the blister or it pops itself, to protect the wound, use antiseptics and clean dressings to prevent it from becoming infected. In either instance, the blister should then be left alone and it ought to heal within a week or so.
Blisters: Treating Them
The most important thing is that you avoid getting the wound infected. If you’re going to touch the area, wash your hands first or use protective gloves. If you’re applying a dressing or absorbent plaster to a burst blister, let the fluid drain first before covering up the wound. If fluid remains on the open wound it can become a source of infection. We have a huge range of treatments for blisters, take your time to look through and find the best for you.
If this is a normal blister which remains uninfected then it will usually heal itself and our treatments are there to help it heal more quickly and easily with less discomfort to you.
Treatment is necessary but prevention is even better! Our antiseptics will help combat infection and ease the pain a bit. Browse these First Aid products for all kinds of blister plasters, dressings, cooling gels, and creams which relieve your blisters and can be used to prevent them occurring in the first place.