Blisters have different stages and are treated in a different ways.
When the skin starts to feel a little warmer than the surrounding skin and it may start to sting a bit, this is the warning stage and time to address it to prevent a fully formed blister.
The hotspot has progressed, the tear in the skin has been formed and a fluid filled bubble on the skin that most will recognise as a blister is now visible.
This has progressed from the intact blister and the roof or the top of the blister has a tear and the fluid has leaked out, so it is no longer looks like a bubble on the skin.
The tear has now is so big that it has completely removed the roof of the blister and it is now, essentially an open wound and need to be treated as one.
Where the roof has come off the blister and the open wound has developed a bacterial infection. This wound needs to be immediately treated, as bacterial infections can easily spread up the leg and in to the blood system. Prompt medical attention is paramount.
It is very important to treat each Blister stage with the right products, otherwise it could make the blister worse. Recognising when a blister is infected is so important in saving your foot let alone finishing your race or walk. Prevention is really the best form of treatment, if you know you get blisters or suspect you might, then wearing the correct footwear, taping, socks, using the right products is the key to success and completion of any planned event. There are so many products on the market, making it very difficult to choose the right one, a lot promise a great deal but if it is the wrong product for you or addressing the wrong stage of a blister then it will fail to succeed.
As podiatrists, we deal with feet problems all the time, we are the most experienced medical professionals in dealing with foot related issues.
You may see Podiatrists as part of a team in departments of Dermatology, Diabetes, Paediatrics, Musculoskeletal (Biomechanics), Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Forensics, Podiatric Surgery as well as Podiatrists dealing with routine general podiatry in Hospitals, GP surgeries and private practice. As a profession we treat a lot of problems associated with the lower limb, which is why we are well qualified to help sort out your blisters.