Since a blister is a natural means of protection for the underlying skin as it heals, it is best not to pop one if it isn’t causing any problems. If, however, the blister is large, painful, or on a spot of the foot where it’s likely to get irritated or tear on its own, it may be better to carefully lance the blister yourself. For example, a blister on the side of the foot should not be bothered if it’s not rubbing against your footwear. One on the bottom of the foot, however, will likely become irritated through walking and should more likely be dealt with.
To safely pop a blister, first wash your hands and the area thoroughly. Then use a sterilized needle or razor blade to make a small hole and gently squeeze the fluid out. Do not remove the protective skin, but apply an antibiotic ointment or cream. NEVER try to drain a blister if you have diabetes, a weakened immune system, or suspect infection. Let the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle handle these cases instead. Call us at (717) 757-3537 to speak with our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA.