Working with your hands can cause blisters. They're easy to recognize: little fluid-filled bubbles on the skin. If they burst, they can become extremely painful and are easily infected. On your feet, they're usually caused by an area of your foot rubbing against the shoe. Should you develop blisters, the first step is to stop wearing the shoes. If that's not possible, padding between the blister and the shoe can provide some relief. As soon as possible, gently clean the blister with soap and water, taking care not to puncture it. If it bursts, apply antiseptic or a topical antibiotic to the wound. A surgical dressing may be necessary to protect the area until it's fully healed. If a blister becomes infected, a visit to the doctor may be necessary to treat the condition. A podiatrist can study the entire structure of your foot, evaluate your shoes, and prevent blisters from ever forming.
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