There are instances when going sock-less is the more stylish choice. However, this makes you more prone to blisters—painful little bumps from hell caused by a mixture of friction and pressure.
So how do you avoid this? First, make sure your shoes fit you just right. "If you play a sport, make sure you wear socks and footwear that fit properly," says Patricia Pontejos, a dermatologist at Skin MD Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology.
Easy enough, right? But how do you know if it's the proper fit? Beyond the shoe size, there's a way to actually find out according to our fashion stylist, J-em Sta. Ana. She advises, "Use your index finger to fit behind the shoes' heel and your heel. It should slide between them with relatively little force. If your finger cannot fit, the shoes are too tight. If your finger has too much room, the shoes are too big."
Along with wearing the right-fitting sneakers, Dr. Pontejos recommends applying foot powder or good ol' petroleum jelly before heading out for a walk. "Heat and sweat can increase the chances of getting blisters," she explains. "Apply foot powder to reduce sweating. Application of petroleum jelly in areas of friction will also help."
If you've already developed blisters, resist the temptation of poking at, peeling, or popping it. "I don't advise manipulating a blister yourself as this can be complicated by a secondary bacterial infection," the dermatologist notes. Popped blisters are often more painful as the nerves in the skin beneath become more exposed.
Instead, apply over-the-counter antibacterial ointment or cream to the infected area. "Hydroactive dressings also have a cushioning effect. I [also] prescribe a topical antibiotic ointment depending on how severe it is," says Dr. Pontejos
If a blister becomes uncomfortably large and painful, it's always best to visit a board certified dermatologist so proper treatment can be administered.
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