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Diabetic Foot Blisters

Diabetic foot blisters are a rare, but distinctive complication of diabetes. They typically manifest as painless blisters on the feet of people with diabetes, often without an obvious cause like injury or friction. These blisters can resemble burn blisters, presenting a risk for infection, especially given the compromised wound-healing abilities associated with diabetes. The skin of diabetic patients is vulnerable due to a combination of poor circulation, diabetic neuropathy, and other skin complications like dryness and poor healing. Management of diabetic foot blisters involves careful monitoring to prevent infection, control of blood sugar levels to aid in healing, and protection from further injury. In most cases, they may resolve on their own with good diabetes management and proper foot care, which includes wearing well-fitting shoes and avoiding walking barefoot. However, if you are diabetic and have any new or worsening foot issues, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure timely and appropriate treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle & Foot of Edmonds. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Edmonds, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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