Visit our foundation to give a gift.
View Locations Near Me
Main Campus – Hartford
Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury
Urgent Care – Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Danbury
Connecticut Children’s Surgery Center at Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Fairfield
Search All Locations
Find a doctor
Find A Doctor
Request an Appointment
Amenities and Services
Who’s Who on Care Team
Getting Ready for Surgery
What to Expect—Picture Stories
Pay a Bill
Understanding the Different Fees
Pricing Transparency and Estimates
Raytheon Technologies Family Resource Center
Family Advisory Council
Legal Advocacy: Benefits, Education, Housing
Electronic Health Records
Share Your Story
Pay a Bill
Login to MyChart
Clinical Support Services Referrals
About the Network
Join the Network
Graduate Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education
MOC/Practice Quality Improvement
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC)
Learning & Performance
Meet our Physician Relations Team
Request Medical Records
Join our Referring Provider Advisory Board
View our Physician Callback Standards
Read & Subscribe to Medical News
Register for Email Updates
Update Your Practice Information
Refer a Patient
Find and Print Health Info
Health Information For Kids
Did you ever get a blister from a new pair of shoes? Blisters can be uncomfortable, but they’re also pretty common and easy to prevent. They happen because of friction — which means that two surfaces rub against each other. One of the surfaces is your tender skin!
A blister is an area of raised skin with a watery liquid inside. Blisters form on hands and feet from rubbing and pressure, and they can form pretty quickly. You can get blisters on your feet the same day you wear uncomfortable or poor-fitting shoes Or, you can get blisters on your hands if you forget to wear protective gloves when you’re using a hammer, a shovel, or even when you’re riding your bike.
The best way to deal with blisters is to avoid getting them altogether. So how do you do that?
To avoid getting blisters on your hands, wear the right kind of gloves or protective gear. For instance, you might use work gloves during yardwork or palm protectors called “grips” for gymnastics.
To keep your feet blister-free, choose your shoes wisely. Try to shop for shoes in the afternoon — that’s when your feet are their largest. Why? Because they get a little swollen from you walking on them all day! And be sure to try on both shoes and walk around a little bit before buying them. Even if they look really cool, don’t get them if they don’t feel right. Often, a different size or width can make a big difference.
And even if you love a certain pair of shoes in your closet, don’t wear them all the time. Mix it up by wearing a variety of shoes. That way, your feet will get a break and won’t always be rubbed in the same places.
If any skin problem gets red, inflamed, or looks infected, your mom or dad will want to check with your doctor. But most blisters can be cared for at home.
Blisters usually just need time to heal on their own. Keep a blister clean and dry and cover it with a bandage until it goes away. While it heals, try to avoid putting pressure on the area or rubbing it.
Your hard-working feet sometimes start stinking. Find out why in this article for kids.
Nobody likes a wart. Find out why kids get them and how to get rid of them.
Anyone can get athlete’s foot. Find out how to avoid this itchy skin condition in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2020 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved.
Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.