Painful blister on the sole of my foot

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Aug. 11 2004,21:48

Hi, Please can anyone advise. I have recently started a new job and i am on my feet nearly all of the day. I walked to my interview about three weeks ago ( about a mile and back). I have developed a very painful liquid filled blister on the sole of my foot. I was wondering whether to pop it. Obviously i am on it all day, it is very red and quite swollen around the blister and it is causing me to limp and every step i take is painful. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Jody
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Aug. 12 2004,10:58

The thing to be aware of is that if the blister remains intact and there is no fluid seeping out then it is technically a sterile lesion and if possible it should remain intact.  This is all very easy to do if it is not in a high weight bearing/stress area and if the lesion is small.  If, however the blister is large and somewhere prominent such as the heel or the side of the little toe then it is not desirable to leave it intact.  This is due to the amount of friction it would be exposed to and the pressure applied to it, especially if it is a large one.

It also depends on your medical history (diabetic?, if so visit your doctor) and if you can pop it and apply a dry dressing. Some patients are reluctant to pop blisters. I usually recommend patients to visit their practice nurse to release blisters as that can be a risk of infection. look for pus and streaking.  Always be aware of the cardinal signs of inflammation redness, heat, swelling, and pain. If you do pop the blisters at home make sure the needle is put in boiling water for 2 minutes and then allowed to COOL. Try and apply a dry dressing after you have release the blister and to prevent blisters use a small smear of vaseline on that area before you go for a long walk or run.

If at all concerned, contact your Podiatrist or General Practitioner
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