If you’re a keen runner, you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes or you cover a lot of ground or work with hand-tools on a daily basis as part of your day job, you may find that blisters are a problem. These sores may seem fairly harmless, but they can be a real pain. If you’re struggling with blisters with new shoes or you’ve been injured as a result of accidents at work, here is some useful advice to help you treat and prevent blisters.
Blisters are usually small, but they can occasionally be very large; they are skin-covered sores, which tend to develop as a result of friction between the skin and a surface or object. Common causes of blisters include:
- contact with excessive heat and burning
- wearing new shoes
- wearing ill-fitting shoes
- using hand-held tools
- insect stings and bites
- allergic reactions
Blisters are commonly found in people who work in construction, those in the military and sports players.
How to treat blisters successfully
Often, blisters heal independently and there is no need for treatment; however, there are some techniques, which can help to speed up the healing process and reduce pain. These include:
- covering the blister with a plaster or patch of gauze
- apply a sterile dressing to a blister that has burst
- avoid trying to burst the blister yourself
- avoid wearing tight shoes
- try not to touch the blister, especially if it has burst, as this increases the risk of infection
- let your feet or hands breathe
In order to prevent work injuries, such as blisters, employers should provide well-fitted, good quality equipment, including gloves and shoes or boots. If you work with hand-held tools, use gloves and take regular breaks to reduce the risk of a work accident. If you walk a lot as part of your job, wear thick socks and try to break in your shoes before wearing them for long periods of time. If you have any concerns about a work-related illness or injury, speak to your manager.
Claiming compensation for a work accident
If you’ve been injured at work and you believe you have a case for work injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or take the 30-second eligibility test online. Our well-established law firm has experience in handling work accident claims and it operates a strict no-win no-fee* policy.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice