To pop or not to pop, that may be the question you ask yourself when you notice a blister has formed on your foot. These bumps develop from excessive rubbing and friction, and fluid builds up underneath the skin as a natural form of protection. The general rule is that it is better to leave a blister alone. Remove the pressure that caused it in the first place, possibly a tight or ill-fitting pair of shoes. If the bubble is small, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage. The fluid will be absorbed and the top layer of skin should remain intact. If the blister is large and painful, have it examined at our office. We can safely drain the fluid to ensure there is not further injury to the site. This will minimize your risk for infection, which is especially important for those with diabetes.
If you remove your shoes and socks and yell, “Help—there’s a bubble on my foot!” we’d be happy to come to the rescue. Make an appointment with Harvey R. Danciger, DPM by calling our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108, or visit us online.