At this period of time, many people attend holiday parties or plan a trip. This means they have to be on their feet for longer duration. They stand, dance, walk and wear stiff shoes or high heels. These things can give rise to pain and discomfort in the foot, which often leads to bunions and blisters.
If your feet sweat profusely and your shoes rub against your heels or soles, you are more likely to develop a blister. On the other hand, if you wear tight shoes, the pressure created on your feet can give rise to bunions. Let us learn about bunions & blisters and their treatment.
Bunions are like blisters in initial stages. They are caused by constant pressure and stress on the bony area of heel due to tight or ill-fitting shoes. A bunion appears like a bony bump at the base of heel and/or toe. The development of bunions means that there is an extra pressure and friction against the forefoot bones.
Bunions are easily treatable and with effective tips, you can prevent the recurrence. Wearing roomy shoes, using supportive insoles, applying bunion pads, rubbing pain-relieving creams, using toe separators and taking podiatrist care would help heal a bunion effectively. Very rarely bunions need surgical intervention.
Blisters usually develop from a combination of pressure, friction, motion and heat. Frequent friction or rubbing of the shoe against the skin causes fluid build-up in that particular area, which creates a buffer; this forms a blister. When blister opens up, you feel real pain because it touches directly to your shoe. Tight shoes can create more pressure, aggravating the condition.
How to treat blisters? Firstly, avoid wearing toe-tight shoes. Apply medicated Band-Aid; it is the instant fixer of a blister. Do not try to cut or pop a blister – this can cause infection. If it opens up, wrap a medicated Band-Aid firmly without draining. You can use supportive insoles to prevent the formation of blister.
The best way to prevent and treat bunions and blisters is to make sure you wear a comfortable footwear with protective insoles.