Take the right precautions to protect your feet.
A small blister from a new pair of shoes might seem harmless at first, but that tiny mark can lead to some big problems if you're not careful. If the blister breaks, germs can get into your foot. These germs can cause not only an infection on the skin, but also in the bone. Bone infections are very difficult to treat, and when they worsen, you could end up with an amputation. Here are three steps to prevent a blister from turning into a serious problem:
- Wash your feet carefully in gentle soap and water and dry them thoroughly. Then put a small amount of antibiotic ointment on a dressing and cover the wound.
- Next, although a blister may seem like a small concern, place a call to someone on your medical team. You'll probably get a foot exam and possibly an antibiotic to prevent infection.
- Last, stop wearing the shoes that caused the blister, even if you think you're on your way to "breaking them in." A comfortable pair of shoes is one of the best investments you can make. And remember, they must properly fit your feet at the store. This kind of careful attention can prevent future problems.