All About Toe Blisters
Limping while walking, wearing open toed shoes whenever possible and avoiding walking as much as possible are all part of having toe blisters and dealing with the pain they cause. Most people automatically assume they are caused by their shoes; however, that is not always the case; there are many reasons other than tight shoes that can cause toe blisters, some serious enough to require a doctor.
The most common cause of blisters on your toes is from shoes. If your shoes are rubbing any part of your toes constantly you can get friction blisters. These blisters are usually filled with liquid and tender to the touch. You shouldn’t pop the blister but instead you should keep it covered until it heals. Don’t wear the shoes that caused the blister while the blister is healing and try to keep as much pressure off the blister as possible. To prevent blisters from your shoes, you should make sure your shoes fit before you purchase them and if a blister develops use a bandage or other cushioning material in the shoe if you plan on wearing them.
Fungal infections can be another cause of toe blisters. Diabetics in particular need to be aware of the possibility of fungal infections on their toes and feet. The most common cause of these is a type of yeast infection called Candida albicans. This fungus is most often found in moist, warm areas, such as between the toes. Diabetics and anyone who suspects that there toe blister is a fungus should see a doctor in order to get an antifungal cream and possibly even an oral medication.
Some blisters on the toe can be caused by an autoimmune disease called pemphigoid. This disease causes fluid-filled blisters to break out on the skin. Typically occurring in older adults, this disease will not go away without treatment. It will however go into remission but can reoccur. Sometimes these blisters will ooze liquid while at other times they may be open sores that are extremely painful. Pemphigoid can be diagnosed by a dermatologist and treated with steroidal drugs. This type of blister is an example of why it is important to have any blisters that linger on the feet and toes checked by a dermatologist.
Insect bites can also cause blisters to appear on the toes. If you have been outside with sandals on or barefoot and notice that you have blisters on your toes you should examine them. Ant bites typically itch severely and often have a small amount of pus in them. Ant bites don’t usually need to be treated by a doctor and will heal in time. However, if you notice the skin appearing to peel away from the blister or any infection you should see a doctor to rule out spider bites. To protect yourself from future problems, treat your yard for insects and wear closed toe shoes whenever you are in an area you aren’t familiar with.
While most toe blisters are simply water blisters caused by friction, any blister that doesn’t go away in a short period of time, usually a week to ten days should be examined by a doctor. If you have health conditions such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease you should see your family doctor for any blisters on your feet, he can make the determination of whether or not you need a dermatologist.