Women are far more likely to develop blisters on their feet than men.  This is just the way it is.  In this article, we'll look at what we can do to prevent these painful sores.  We'll also touch on a couple different methods of dealing with these blisters if the prevention ship has already sailed.  And for the sake of being complete, I'll offer you my two cents on why blisters are so in love with women's feet!

Actually, I think we'll start there.

Blisters and bad shoes go hand in hand.  These fluid-filled sacs that develop between the layers of skin are almost always due to friction.  On the feet, this friction is typically seen between skin and shoe.  Now consider the shapes and sizes of some women's shoes:  High heels.  Small toe boxes.  Narrow soles.  Friction, friction friction!  Shoes are the primary reason why women have more problems with blisters than men.

Preventing Blisters

As you've probably inferred, the best way to prevent blisters is to wear healthy shoes.  The most common place for blisters to occur is on the sides of the toes.  You can stop these sores before they start by wearing a shoe that has wiggle room in the toe box.  High heels tend to have small toe boxes - this isn't good.  The toes end up riding up and down the shoe walls with each step.  You also want to consider the width of your shoes.  Many shoes are quite narrow.  This can cause blisters on the heel as well as the toes.  When trying on shoes or sandals, make sure they're wide enough to comfortably house your feet.

But I like high heels!

There are times when all of us need to wear formal shoes that aren't all that comfortable.  This is perfectly fine.  There are a couple of precautions you can take in order to minimize blistering in these cases.  The first thing you need to do is figure out where the blister-prone areas on your foot are.  Because most of us have had the displeasure of breaking in new shoes, this shouldn't be that difficult.  One certain way to locate these areas is to put on the shoes you want to wear and take a few steps in them.  Note where you feel rubbing.  Now we're going to make the skin in these areas a little bit tougher.

There's a product on the market called New Skin.  It's essentially a liquid version of your classic plaster.  Traditionally, it was marketed and used as means to close small sores without a Band Aid.  Nowadays, people use this stuff for a variety of different purposes - including the prevention of blisters.  Simply spray a bit of New Skin on the areas of your foot deemed sensitive.  Allow it to dry before putting your shoes on.

If you're in a hurry and can't get a hold of any New Skin, a Band Aid or some moleskin will suffice.

Destroying Blisters

If it's too late to prevent them, how do we get rid of them?  There are a couple of different ways to get rid of blisters.  The method you choose really depends on just how much pain you're in.  If the blister isn't that painful, you're better off leaving it alone.  Simply protect it against further friction with moleskin or a Band Aid.  Maybe avoid breaking in new shoes until the blister has disappeared as well.

If you're in pain, popping the sore is probably the way to go.  Use a sterile tool to release the liquid inside.  Clean it throughly and then apply a bit of polysporin or neosporin to the area.  Cover it up with the method discussed above.

For the most part blisters are really more annoying than they are painful.  That said, it behooves all of us to deal with them promptly.  If left untreated, a fairly innocent foot blister can become infected and lead to all sorts of serious discomfort.