Dealing with Blisters
Blisters are a common problem. Most of the time they are caused by friction from ill-fitting shoes and they do not require medical attention. However, blisters can be very painful and it is important to treat them correctly so that they don’t get infected.
Blisters should not be punctured unless they are large, painful, or likely to be further irritated. If you do have to puncture a blister, use a sterilized needle or razor blade and be sure to wash the area thoroughly first. Make only a small hole in the blister and squeeze out the fluid. It should be clear. If the fluid is white or yellow, it is infected.
If you have a blister that is infected, you should see a doctor for further treatment.
If it is not infected, squeeze the clear fluid out and apply a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. Then, cover the area with a bandage and a mild compression.
If you have a blister that has broken on its own, do not remove the skin. The skin protects the new skin that is forming underneath.
You can help to prevent blisters from occurring in the first place by breaking in new shoes slowly and when you do start to wear them, put bandages or petroleum jelly on the places that will rub.
Treating Stress Fractures
Stress fractures in the feet are commonly seen in the calcaneus, which is the heel bone. Treatments for stress fractures depend on the break and its severity, but one major factor in healing a stress fracture is taking time off from repetitive activities and giving the foot the opportunity to rest and heal.
Other treatments for stress fractures include:
- Immobilization, which may include immobilizing the foot in a cast, cam walker or surgical shoe.
- Physical therapy or stretching exercises.
- In some serious cases, surgery.
If you believe you have a stress fracture, you should see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
An Ankle/Foot Brace May Help Ease Your Heel Pain
Suffering from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis? Can’t stand the pain in your heels any longer?
You may want to try an ankle or foot brace. Ankle and foot braces can help to take some of the stress off of our feet and cushion them. They are made to help relieve pain caused by plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, as well as other foot problems.
The Aircast Airheel is a good product that is made with two bladders, one on the bottom of the heel and one at the back of the heel. The bladders fill with air and give great arch support, helping to cushion the heel. If the Aircast Airheel relieves your pain, you may want to look into getting a good orthotic device.
Another brace, the Bledsoe Plantar Fascial Strap, provides great support for the healing of plantar fasciitis.
Both braces are made to be comfortable and can be worn in shoes. It is recommended that you wear socks under the braces, however, to prevent them from against your skin.
Symptoms of Arthritis in the Foot
Arthritis can be very painful and, in some cases, even debilitating. Arthritis in the foot can limit your mobility and independence.
It is important to treat arthritis as soon as you start experiencing symptoms. If arthritis is caught early and treated properly, the damage caused by arthritis can be limited or at least slowed.
Here are some symptoms of arthritis in the foot:
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Redness or heat in a joint
- Early morning stiffness
- Skin changes, such as rashes or growths
- Limitation of motion in a joint
- Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor and have your foot and/or ankle evaluated.
How Heel Pain In Your Child Is Different From Adult Heel Pain
Heel pain is common childhood complaint. However, heel pain experienced by children is usually different from heel pain experience by adults because the pain is typically experienced for different reasons.
Among adults, the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually relieved by walking around and stretching out the plantar fascia.
Walking around and other activity typically makes heel pain in children worse. Heel pain in children is often caused by too much stress on the growth plate, a weak area located at the back of heel.
Children who are active in sports and children who suffer from obesity are more likely to develop pediatric heel pain.
To help prevent pediatric heel pain, limit or avoid the use of cleated athletic shoes. Also, choose well-constructed, supportive shoes that fit properly and are appropriate for your child’s activity.
If your child is suffering from heel pain, they need to stop or at least reduce activities that are causing pain. Shoe inserts may be needed to cushion the heel. If pain is persistent, a podiatrist should be seen for a proper diagnosis and further treatment.
For more information on pediatric heel pain, you can visit www.heelpain101.com or www.neufoot.com. You can also watch Is Foot Pain In Children Normal? and other educational videos on foot and ankle problems on the Neuhaus Foot and Ankle YouTube Channel.
Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture
An Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury that needs to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. It can be a difficult injury to recover from and it takes time, sometimes 6 to 12 months or more, to return to full activity after an Achilles tendon rupture.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture and seek medical attention right away to prevent further damage.
Symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture include:
- Difficulty walking and rising up on the toes
- A popping or snapping sensation.
- Sudden pain, which feels similar to a kick or a stab, in the back of the ankle or calf. The pain often subsides into a dull ache.
- Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and calf.
Until you can get to a doctor, use the “R.I.C.E.” method to help with pain and to reduce swelling. The “R.I.C.E.” method includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
For more information on Achilles tendon ruptures and other heel pain, visit our website www.heelpain101.com or www.neufoot.com. You can also watch educational videos on foot and ankle problems on the Neuhaus Foot and Ankle YouTube Channel.