How to care for blisters and other minor foot wounds over the holidays.
The tourist’s nightmare. The walker’s bane. The runner’s curse. The blister. Whether on your palms or soles, this nasty pest is a recipe for pain. As most of us are aware, blisters occur when the skin rubs up against a surface repeatedly over time. The friction causes a small tear in the upper layers of the epidermis which forms into a small gap. The tear allows for the seeping of fluid into the void between layers, and then, folks, you have your blister.
We notice blisters popping up on the soles of our feet, our heels, and sometimes our toes. Blister development generally requires thick and rather motionless skin, and this, not strangely enough, is found on the soles of the feet, the heel, and the toes. Blisters form more easily on moist skin than on dry or soaked skin, and are most apt to occur in warm conditions. Thus, the sole of the foot, damp and warm after a long day’s walk, is the perfect place to harbor a blister.
If you do get a blister you will want to relieve your pain immediately. It is important to keep the blister from growing and to prevent infection. You can treat most blisters yourself. Here is how.
Small, unbroken blisters that don’t cause discomfort generally need no treatment. The best protection against infection is a blister’s own natural skin. It is a good idea to protect this skin, or roof, with a band-aid and to avoid rupturing it. Larger or painful blisters that are intact should be drained without removing the roof. First clean the blister with rubbing alcohol or antibiotic soap and water. Next, heat a needle or a safety pin over a flame until it glows red. Allow it to cool before puncturing a small hole at the edge of the blister. This disinfects the pin. Deplete the liquid with light pressure and apply an antiseptic ointment such as Crystaderm. When the blister is drained cover it with a bandage. Change the bandage daily. If it becomes wet or soiled, change it more frequently.
Blisters with small tears should be treated the same as those that you have performed needle-work on. More padding may be needed to decrease the friction (and pain) in the course of exercise or activity. Ring-shaped pads made of felt will protect small blisters.
When you are ambushed by blisters the biggest question on your mind is, will this endless bandaging and pestering pain ever go away? It will in time. But, fear not, there are ways of actually preventing blisters. To avert blisters you need to eliminate, or at least minimize, friction. The best way to do this is to wear the correct size shoe. Shoes should fit comfortable with roughly one thumb’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Narrow shoes can cause blisters on the little toe and the big toe. A narrow toe box may cause blisters on the tops of the toes as well.
Loose shoes may create blisters on the tips of the toes. It is important to buy shoes for a specific sport or activity as well, as specific shoes are designed to be used for specific motions. Basketball shoes and walking shoes are not, and should not be used, interchangeably. Wear the same socks when you try on your pair that you plan on wearing during your work out. It is best not try on shoes in the morning, as feet tend to swell during the day. It is also a good idea to give the shoes a test run, just to be safe. Walk or jog around the store before purchasing the shoes. Make sure you do not experience any discomfort.
Coupling the right pair of shoes with the perfect pair of socks will aid in your crusade against blisters. Socks can decrease friction between the feet and shoes. Layering of socks or double-layered socks can minimize abrasion. Socks made from new synthetic can absorb moisture from the skin better than wool or cotton, thus creating a less blister-friendly environment. It is a good idea to always carry an extra pair of socks to change into in case your feet get too damp. Foot powders and spray antiperspirants that contain aluminum chlorhydrate or aluminum chloride are other ways to decrease moisture. If you are really concerned about blisters try applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your feet to decrease friction. Duct tape or cloth tape will provide a similar result.
Blisters are minor problems every human must face. Though they are but minor ailments, they must be dealt with. It is important to treat blisters immediately because a small blister can lead into a big infection. If there is puss, excessive redness with streaks leading away from the sore, or if you are experiencing extreme pain you should see a doctor.
For all your foot care needs, contact The Podiatrist. We have a range of foot creams that are ideal for preventing blister, as well as treating them.
Secrets for choosing jandals that look and feel great- especially if you are going away to the Isalnds for the holidays or heading to the Northern Hemisphere.
Let’s face it – jandals are mainstream, and not just because they’re stylish, easy-to-wear and cooler when the weather warms. For many of us, jandals are the equivalent of comfort-food for the sole. Slip into those comfy, light, lovely shoes.
Yet if you’re prone to foot problems or concerned with overall foot health, you may shy away from one of summer’s great joys, believing jandals aren’t good for your feet.
Non-supportive jandals cause a common foot injury known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot and the heel. Jandals leave feet prone to common muscle overuse injuries, which can be easily prevented with the right footwear.
The good news is, you can wear jandals-even if you never thought you could. It is possible to find stylish, good-looking varieties that feel great and are healthful for your feet. Here are some tips:
* Look for shoes that promotes good foot health. Footwear like the Vasyli Jandal.
* Choose a jandal that bends only at the ball of the foot. You shouldn’t be able to bend your jandal in half. Footwear
* Look for a jandal made of high-quality, soft leather for the thong and a sturdy, comfortable, supportive base.
* Choose jandals in the correct size so your toes or heels don’t hang off the edge of the sole.
* Replace last year’s worn jandals if they show signs of wear. Cracked or frayed shoes may cause foot irritation and provide inadequate support.
* Wear your supportive jandals and stylish, comfortable sandals at the pool, beach or for a fun evening dining al fresco. Save them for another time if you’re planning on doing yard work, playing sports or will be walking for a long time. Athletic shoes or supportive sandals make better choices for those occasions.
To maintain your foot health, visit The Podiatrist: www.thepodiatrist.co.nz
People often remember to care for their feet in the summertime, when the practice of wearing sandals makes calluses, dried skin and ingrown toenails easily visible. But when the weather becomes chilly, and wearing socks and winter boots become the norm, it’s easy to forget about your feet.
Winter weather can make feet more susceptible to problems, which is why it’s important to think about footcare during the winter season. To help give you a leg up on proper winter footcare, here are some helpful tips to keep your feet healthy when the temperature drops:
– Give your feet a breather. The foot contains over 250,000 sweat glands. When feet sweat in warm socks and boots, that moisture becomes trapped and causes foot odour. To keep feet sweat-free, buy socks made from a natural or synthetic blend. Put foot powder in your shoes to prevent odour. Once a day, take off your socks and shoes and let your feet breathe.
-Moisturize. Winter air is very dry. To keep skin smooth, moisturize your feet every time you shower. After washing your feet, thoroughly dry your skin before applying a lotion or foot moisturizer. Apply moisturizer over all of the foot except for between toes, and make sure your feet are dry before you put on socks. If your feet are dry and flaky and have painful cracks, apply antibiotic cream and bandages. If trouble continues, see The Podiatrist immediately.
– Keep up your weekly pedicure. Putting away your sandals shouldn’t mean putting away your pumice stone. At least once a week, soak your feet in lukewarm water, then buff away dry skin with a stone or scrub and apply moisturizer. Do not try to cut off calluses.
– Watch out for chilblains. In areas that experience very low temperatures, chilblains become a very real concern. The skin looks red and painful, can become itchy and digits burn when exposed to heat. If you think you have chilblains, do not put your feet in hot water — you can burn your skin. Soak your feet in tepid water. If you see blisters or blackened skin, or have pain, go to an emergency room immediately.
Why not purchase a pair of Dr Comfort slippers to keep your feet through winter?
See The Podiatrist for any concerns
As the cold weather approaches, I thought it a good idea to give you some tips on keeping your feet healthy.
It is important to keep your feet clean and as dry as you can. However, the sole of the foot contains thousands of sweat glands so feet which have been kept hidden away in winter shoes and boots during cold and rainy days are prone to problems because warm, dark moist places encourage such as
athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections and verrucas. On top of this, bacteria that cause smelly feet flourish on warm, moist skin.Make sure your shoes and
socks are made from natural fibres and try and let your feet ‘breathe’ as much as possible.
The simplest way to deal with sweaty feet is to use a foot powder or antiperspirant. However, this may be insufficient in some people who have truly
sweaty feet and have a condition called hyperhidrosis.
Scaly, itchy feet can be due to athlete’s foot and it is actually quite common for this to be resistant to treatment with the standard
over-the-counter preparations. If this is the case you should see you GP as oral medications may be required. Make sure that you treat your socks and shoes with powder as well as these can harbour the fungus and cause re-infection.
Staying on your feet and keeping them warm go a long way toward enjoying outdoor winter activities. Over-layering your feet will cause them to sweat, which can lead to cold toes. For cardiovascular-based sports, a single pair of warm, wicking socks will normally do. In very cold conditions or for gravity-based sports, use a double layer of socks.
Avoiding frost bite and hypothermia is the most important consideration when preparing for cold weather activities. Make sure all of your skin is covered and carry an extra layer in case the conditions change during your workout.
Keep in mind also, that your legs and trunk tend to stay warmer than your hands and head. A pair of gloves, mittens, or socks over your hands can make a big difference in your comfort level, as can a headband, stocking hat or hooded sweatshirt. Usually, a single pair of athletic socks is sufficient, as your feet benefit from frictional heat during walking and running. The choice between tights and sweatpants is largely a matter of personal preference. As temperatures decrease, I recommend the following progression of upper body attire.
The Dr Comfort range of socks are designed and manufactured with your foot health in mind. They’re perfect for people living with diabetes, arthritis, edema, neuropathy and circulation issues. They’re available in a range of men’s and women’s sizes. And the dye in our colored socks doesn’t bleed out of the fabric, reducing your risk of foot infection.
Why Nano Bamboo Charcoal Fibers?
Nano Bamboo Charcoal Fibers release Far Infrared Rays that may promote blood circulation and anion production, which has health benefits. Nano Bamboo Charcoal is also a natural deodorizer. It’s a sustainable, chemical-free way to take care of your feet.
Why not come in and try on a pair for yourself?
Keep warm and stay healthy.
The core principals of the Dr Comfort slippers and footwear range are:
- Total satisfaction in look, feel, quality and fit
- Every shoe style offers extra depth in the toe box and is available in a large range of shoe sizes and 3 widths to accommodate even the most difficult to fit foot.
- Easy shoes and slippers to put on, many with Velcro fastening
- The use of top quality natural materials in all footwear. Most of the uppers and linings are made from the finest top grain leathers.
- Belief that proper shoe fitting can alleviate foot complications.
- The Podiatrist in Remuera, Birkenhead, Orewa, New Lynn, Westgate and Westview is trained in the shoe fitting process, and we have experts on-site and available to help tackle the most difficult of foot issues.
- Continual improvement of the Dr Comfort range from heel to toe, to make it the very best it can be.
- Have a positive impact on the daily lives of our customers and their well being.
- A great range of socks to accompany the shoes- made from Bamboo fibres to keep feet warm and dry and prevent infections.
- Before you buy any other shoes, see the specialists.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact The Podiatrist today.