Myths About Foot Blisters

Foot blisters is a common condition which is caused by skin burn, bacterial or fungus infection, insect bite, injury and friction being the major one. Like any blisters on the skin, they are a small pocket of fluid and looks like small bubbles. Having a blister on the feet affects your routine life. For example, you may have trouble walking or standing for long periods of time.


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It is a common skin condition, irrespective of age, sex and age. However, there are many myths surrounding foot blisters. Some of them are—

Many people think that friction is a rubbing or wearing cotton socks can prevent blisters. Are you one of them? Here we have listed some common myths about foot blisters you shouldn’t believe anymore.

Myth: Friction Blisters Look like a Burn:


Friction blisters don’t look like thermal burns either histologically or clinically.

Myth: Friction Means Rubbing


On the contrary, friction prevents rubbing as it keeps the surface of the skin stationary due to the bones movement in one way. Consequently, this action leads to stretches in between the soft tissues which in turn causes to friction. Rubbing, on the other hand, doesn’t cause blisters and lead to abrasion injury instead.

Myth: Foot Blisters and Athlete’s Foot are the Same:


Both problems are associated with the foot and may look same somehow. But they are quite different in terms of causes. Foot blisters are generally caused by friction, skin trauma or bacterial infection. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection that is thrived in moist conditions that are usually being provided by tight-fitting shoes and sweaty feet.

Myth: Wearing Cotton Socks will Prevent Blisters


Contrary to the popular belief, cotton socks won’t help you prevent blisters. Rather, they can make you prone to this condition. This is because cotton is a hydrophilic or water attracting fiber and traps moisture near the skin. Then, it increases the risk of friction.

Myth: Talcum Powder Helps Prevent Friction


While powder may look instant way to prevent friction, it can aggravate the condition in the long run. For example, the powder will be turned into lumps by skin perspiration which irritates the skin.

Myth: Foot Blister will go away on Its Own:


This is true in case of some blisters, especially those caused by friction. But some blisters, which are caused by fungal infection, require you medical assistance.

Bottom Line:

So these are the common misconceptions about foot blisters along with eye-opening facts. If you have foot blisters, stick to the following precautions like…

  • Puncture the blister (only when it is large and painful) using a disinfected needle to drain out the fluid and apply antibacterial cream afterward.
  • Apply antibacterial cream daily.
  • Cover the blisters with bandage or gauze (make sure to raise the middle part of the bandage so that it can’t stick to the wound).
  • Avoid wearing shoes or activity that may hurt the wound.
  • Change the bandage daily whenever it gets dirty or wet.
  • See your physician for signs of infection like pus, redness or fever.


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