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IL PODIATRIST DISCUSSES BLISTER CARE

 

PODIATRIST, DR. MEGAN LEAHY STATES, "FEELING THE BURN CAN BE A GOOD THING, BUT NOT SO MUCH WHEN IT'S ON YOUR FEET, ADDING MILAGE OFTEN BRINGS BLISTERS.  IF THEY'RE NOT AFFECTING YOUR WALK OR RUN, LEAVE THEM ALONE.  OTHERWISE, SO LONG AS YOU DON'T HAVE ANY HEALTH OR CIRCULATION PROBLEMS, DRAIN THEM.  STERILIZE A NEEDLE WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL, THEN HOLD HORIZONTALLY AT THE SIDE OF THE BLISTER AND MAKE ONE OR TWO HOLES IN THE SKIN.  COMING IN FROM THE SIDES IS LESS LIKELY TO INJURE THE UNDERLYING TISSUE, AND LEAVING THE ROOF OF THE BLISTER INTACT SPEEDS HEALING.  PRESS ON IT LIGHTLY TO EMPTY THE FLUID."

PODIATRIST LEAHY ALSO STATES, "WASH THE AREA WITH WATER INFUSED WITH EPSOM SALTS (ONE CUP FOR A FOOT BATH OF LUKEWARM WATER; TWO CUPS FOR A WHOLE BATHTUB):  THIS HELPS THE BLISTER DRAIN EVEN MORE.  NEXT, LET IT AIR DRY BEFORE APPLYING ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT AND A FABRIC BANDAGE, WHICH WILL BREATH BETTER THAN A PLASTIC ONE.  DON'T LET THE ADHESIVE TOUCH THE OPEN AREA OF THE BLISTER.  FOR EXTRA PADDING DURING A RUN, USE BANDAGES MADE ESPECIALLY FOR BLISTERS, SUCH AS BAND-AID ADVANCED HEALING BLISTER BANDAGES, AND AIR THE BLISTER OUT FOR A FEW HOURS POST-RUN TO HELP IT DRY UP."

AT DR. HARDY'S FOOT CLINIC WE DO SEE PATIENTS WITH BLISTERS AND WE ARE FULLY EQUIPPED TO HABDLE EVERY TYPE THAT WE ENCOUNTER.  DR. LEAHY'S ADVICE IS VERY GOOD AND THINGS THAT MY FOOT SPECIALISTS WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND.  IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US.

REMEMBER, WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR PATIENTS AS FAMILY!

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