Newsletter July 2023 – Socks and Blisters

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Blisters are small pockets of fluid that form in the superficial levels of the skin, as a result of friction or continuous rubbing.

Intense rubbing can cause a blister, as can any friction on the skin if continued for long enough. This kind of blister is most common after walking long distances or by wearing old or poorly fitting shoes. Blisters are most common on the feet, because they are susceptible while walking, running, or performing repetitive motions, Blisters form more easily on damp skin and are more common in warm conditions. Less-aggressive rubbing over long periods of time may cause callouses to form rather than a blister. Both blisters and callouses can lead to more serious complications, such as foot ulceration and infection, particularly when sensation or circulation is impaired, as maybe the case with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.


Socks can be one of the best barriers to blisters. The Foot Centre supplies and recommends:

Injinji Toe Socks: are great for your feet as they provide individual toe compartments that allow the toes to splay naturally and prevent friction between them. Toe socks made with high-quality material are also breathable and moisture-wicking, keeping your feet dry to reduce blistering and irritation. They are designed to match the natural shape of your feet for natural function, prevent skin-on-skin rubbing and improve breathability. This provides a wide array of health benefits such as preventing blisters, chilblains, corns, skin redness and compressed, sore toes.

Lightfeet evolution socks: are specifically designed to provide comfort and support even during high-intensity sports and activities. They can keep your feet dry and cool, stop friction and rubbing that can lead to blisters, combating microbes that cause smelly feet and help with traction so that you can move and pivot easily. Netballers these are for you!

Do you suffer from blisters or chilblains? Podiatrist Kim talks about the socks available from The Foot Centre that provide protection from blisters, chilblains and corns.

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