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Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania

When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.

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  • How can I avoid blisters on my feet?

    Avoiding blistersTo avoid blisters on your feet, you need to eliminate problem friction areas that may occur. The top priority is almost always to ensure that your shoes fit properly and are made for the activities you’re engaged in. They should also hold up to the conditions you might face, especially moisture. Feet that have to spend the day in wet shoes are more likely to develop blisters.

    When it comes to socks, ones with moisture-wicking properties are ideal for blister prevention. Some people find wearing two pairs of socks can help avoid problems during activities such as long-distance running, but you might need to try different things off and on to find the most comfortable setup for you. You might also try special friction-reducing patches or simple paper tape to provide a barrier in high-friction areas. If you still receive blisters and want to ward off infection, then it’s worth a call to the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle. Reach our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA by calling (717) 757-3537.

  • Is it OK to pop a blister?

    BlistersSince 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.