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Practice Blister Prevention to Head Them Off at the Start

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Prevent blisters on your feetDowntown Cincinnati is a wonderful place to go exploring, even as the weather starts getting a little colder. Often regarded as both the first purely American city (it is the first major U.S. city founded after the Revolution) and the Paris of America (due its historically significant 19th century architecture), there’s plenty here to keep you busy on a long winter walk. You can even find self-guided tour routes from websites like govibrant.org. If you’re prone to blistering, however, you might want to exercise extra precautions before you embark on any urban exploration. Blister prevention is often about planning ahead—knowing where your trouble spots are and taking steps to limit the friction.

Pre-emptively placing a moleskin pad or bandage on a pressure point can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Choosing the right equipment is crucial as well: a good shoe is a foot’s best friend. For blister prevention, comfortable and well-fitting footwear in good repair with cushioned soles is best. You want the fit to be snug enough that it doesn’t slide around, but still provide plenty of room in the forefoot for toes to wiggle and move freely.

If you’re especially blister-prone—perhaps due to a foot deformity—you can seek out some extra gear, too. Special athletic socks with extra padding in trouble spots can ease friction on sensitive zones. You can also visit Family Foot and Ankle Center and see if an orthotic is right for you. These devices are custom-made to fit the contours of your feet precisely, and can provide extra cushioning or correct weight imbalances that may contribute to your discomfort.

If you’re sick of constant blisters on your feet, or you need help dealing with a particularly troublesome or infected bubble of fluid, give us a call at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572. Our expert foot doctors stand at the ready to assess your condition, treat these nasty bumps, and even help you prevent them before they strike. Stop by one of our six convenient Greater Cincinnati offices today.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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