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Like many supposedly minor ailments, the size of a blister sometimes seems to be in direct disproportion to the distress it can cause. But with up to three times the total body weight bearing down on this sore, raw wound, the humble blister can be very painful.

Blisters result from friction between the foot and your shoe, boot or strap of a sandal. They are normally a result of ill-fitting shoes or a change in activity such as a new sport.

A blister is separation or rupture between the upper layers of the skin. The rupture forms a pocket that quickly fills with liquid.
This liquid filled pocket is what gives the blister its bubble-like appearance.

If you get a blister and it doesn’t burst then try to leave it alone. Normally it will heal on its own. If the blister bursts you need to protect it as it may become infected.


Prior to a blister forming, you may notice red or flaking skin and feel irritation, itchiness or heat in the affected area. If the friction and rubbing are allowed to continue, a blister is likely to form. They can develop and burst very quickly. Sometimes, it's only when you remove your shoes to check out the discomfort that you find that a blister has formed and already burst.


Blister plasters with hydrocolloid technology, provide optimum healing conditions for the blister, reducing the pain and easing the pressure. They are flexible and comfortable to wear, forming a second skin, which repels water, dirt and bacteria. Padding may also provide additional comfort and may help to prevent shoes from rubbing and causing painful sore spots on the feet.

  • Wear comfortable well-fitting shoes and clean socks
  • If you are playing sport or exercising, wear sports socks to help keep your feet drier, reducing the chance of a blister
  • If you are going on a long walk, wear shoes that you have already ‘broken in’
  • If you feel a blister forming, remove your shoes and apply some padding as soon as you are able such as Scholl Blister Plasters or Party Feet Blister Plasters

Consult your doctor or pharmacist or healthcare assistant for advice or if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist.

Also seek advice on footcare if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from diabetes or allergies