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Foot Blisters May Be Linked to Diabetes

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot blisters are a concerning complication for people managing diabetes, primarily due to nerve damage and poor circulation. Friction blisters often occur in diabetics with neuropathy, where the lack of pain sensation leads to unnoticed skin rubbing and blister formation. One type of blister specific to diabetes can appear spontaneously and without inflammation, while posing a high risk for secondary infections. Certain fungal infections also contribute to blister formation, especially in warm, moist areas, such as between the toes. A podiatrist plays an essential role in managing these complications by providing regular foot exams and identifying early signs of blister formation. This foot doctor also can educate patients on proper foot care practices to prevent blisters, such as choosing suitable footwear and maintaining good hygiene. For fungal infections, a podiatrist can prescribe effective antifungal medications and monitor the healing process. If you are experiencing diabetic foot blisters, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks of Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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