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blisterssLorie Alexander, 55, recently fought through painful blisters and stomach cramps to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon, making her the first woman to ever complete all three of the races in the Badwater Ultra Cup challenge. Her time was 36 hours, 32 minutes, and 37 seconds.

The Ultramarathon involved a 135-mile hike uphill through the desert region of Owens Valley, California. It’s the longest of the three races in the Ultra Cup, and according to Alexander, also the hardest. The challenge consisted of a journey through the Inyo Mountains and ending in the ghost town of Cerro Gordo.

It can become hard to walk or stand if you have blisters on your feet. For assistance with this skin condition, make an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry will prescribe an appropriate form of foot care based on the size and number of blisters you have.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

–          Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
–          Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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