Do Anti-Blister Socks Really Work? NYC Podiatrists Discuss.
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, December 10th, 2018
From soccer and roller-skating to hockey and skiing, many of the sports we love cause blister injuries on our feet. While a blister may seem like little more than a nuisance for a couple of days, it can cause pain when wearing socks and shoes. Keep in mind, any break in the skin’s barrier opens up a portal into the body for infections to take hold. Wart virus, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, staph infection, and sepsis are just a few of the more serious complications associated with blisters. So it makes sense to seek out anti-blister socks to reduce your risk of injury.
The Best Anti-Blister Socks
If you’re looking for the best socks for blisters, try one of these:
Balega Blister Resist No Show Athletic Running Socks ($13) – Great for all-seasons running
Wrightsock Anti-Blister Double Layer Running II Quarter Sock ($11) – Midweight and moisture-wicking walkers
- Merino Omni-Wool Hiker Socks ($20) – Lightweight and cushioned for hikers
MDSox Compression Socks ($26) – Circulation-enhancing for anyone on their feet all day
ArmaSkin Extreme Anti-Blister Hiking Crew Socks ($30) – Layering spandex protection for skating and hiking
Randy Sun Unisex Waterproof & Breathable Socks ($18) – Waterproof for skiing and snowboarding
Wigwam Ultimate Liner Pro Socks ($12) – A liner sock for warm weather hikes or paired up for the cold
Zensah Mini Crew ($20) – Funky, fun designs and blister-proof for runners
Tips to Prevent Blisters on Your Feet
“A lot of the time, the propensity to develop blisters comes down to choice in footwear,” explains NYC podiatrist Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. “First, do your shoes fit? Can you fit a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe? Are you shopping at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen? Are you wearing the same size you’ve worn for decades? The feet can and do change over time. Anomalies like flat feet, high arches, pronation, or supination can all affect how a shoe fits. Sometimes correcting these with orthotics helps you get the better fit you need to avoid chafing and blistering.” Other times, it may just be a matter of correct lacing.
“I always tell patients to keep their feet smooth, yet dry,” explains Dr. Mariola Rivera. “The worst kind of sock is anything that will compress easily and retain moisture, rather than wicking it away. So 100% cotton and wool socks are not our friends. Instead, look for CoolMax or synthetic acrylic. Cotton or wool socks tend to bunch and lose some of their softness when wet, which causes blisters.” In addition to choosing the right socks, it’s great to have products that treat blisters handy.
Blister Treatment in NYC
If you do get a blister, the worst thing you can do is pop it—which can directly cause infection. After gently washing with soap and water, dry the wound and dab on a dot of petroleum jelly. Applying a bandage or loose gauze will protect the injury as it heals. As unsightly as the “flap” may be, leave it on as a protective layer. Call a doctor if the injury expands in size, changes in pain level, seeps, or smells. We recommend taking a photo at the time of injury, so you can see if it looks any different from day to day.
No abrasion is too big or too small for the expert podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Sometimes an inspection is all you need for peace of mind. If necessary, we also have special wound dressings in the office you won’t find elsewhere. Our podiatric surgeons and board-certified foot doctors can help you treat active infections with prescription antibiotics, drain purulence, or perform ultrasonic debridement in the most serious cases. Contact us to be seen right away.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.