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I have a small blood blister on the outer side of my big toe, how long does it take to heal and how can I prevent pain while running and walking?

I have a small blood blister on the outer side of my big toe, how long does it take to heal and how can I prevent pain while running and walking?

Depends: On how much friction or pressure that is put on the blister. May use protective ointment and cover with dressing. Open toe shoes if possible will reduce friction and speed up healing. ...Read more

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I stopped wearing my orthodicts a year ago since I was told to stop running due to a lumbar issue. I started walking instead but have blisters regularly appearing on the end of my big toe. I have increased my shoe size. No help. Suggestions would be appre

I stopped wearing my orthodicts a year ago since I was told to stop running due to a lumbar issue. I started walking instead but have blisters regularly appearing on the end of my big toe. I have increased my shoe size. No help. Suggestions would be appre

2 options: 1. See Podiatrist for evaluation and recommendations.
2. Go to specialty running store - not "big Box" ones. Explain problem to them and they will help you select the right shoe to best fit the foot/toe combination as well as the right size.
Can coat with Glide or similar antichafing balm. Also check out different socks. This can be solved- stick with it and overcome it for good health. Good Luck ...Read more

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I have one foot in the side that itches at night. It itches so bad that the only thing that relieves it is running hard on carpet. Some blister appear?

I have one foot in the side that itches at night. It itches so bad that the only thing that relieves it is running hard on carpet. Some blister appear?

Need pictures: Or you may have to be seen in person. It's likely that it's something as simple as athlete's foot, but it's impossible to say for sure without seeing it. Consider a virtual consult with pictures. Good luck! ...Read more

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Large blister on side of foot from running--and I'd like to keep running. Treatment (2nd Skin maybe)?

Large blister on side of foot from running--and I'd like to keep running. Treatment (2nd Skin maybe)?

Get the fluid out: With a sterile pin. Make 2-3 holes so it doesn't refill and can be drained easily if it does. Flatten the blister skin to use as a biological dressing and let it fall off naturally in time. You can apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage as well ...Read more

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Tips on running with a blister on my foot?

Tips on running with a blister on my foot?

Cover or dry it out: If the blister is still raw, consider using some kind of cover - like a bandaid or something gel-like (eg. Spenco second skin). If the blister is drying out, you probably don't need to put anything on it and your sock will protect it. Just avoid anything that may be the cause of friction and/or irritation that resulted in the formation of the blister to begin with. ...Read more

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How do I care for foot blisters from running?

How do I care for foot blisters from running?

Protect the areas: A foot blister from running (or playing tennis, or ice-skating) is just a spot on the skin where friction separated the top layer of skin from a layer underneath. After washing, one should cover the blister with a bandaid, whether or not the blister is intact or popped. After a week, the skin layer underneath matures into a new surface layer, and the dried top layer (the blister) will peel away. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a foot blister from running?

What is the best way to treat a foot blister from running?

Relieve the pressure: With sterile instrument pierce the blister roof to allow fluid to escape, cover with bandaid. ...Read more

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My wife has blisters in the arch of her foot all the time, they are not from running?

My wife has blisters in the arch of her foot all the time, they are not from running?

Sneakers don't fit: If your wife is a big runner and her sneakers do not fit properly the constant traction of her foot rubbing against the sneaker could be the cause of the blisters. ...Read more

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New running sneakers with arch support (always told I have flat feet) but I got a blister on left foot only on my arch. What would cause this?

Flat supports.: Blisters are caused by excessive friction. New shoes under any condition can cause blister formation until they are broken in. Try removing the arches and replace them with lower ones, or at least ones that better fit your arch height. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a callus turning white on the side of the big toe that developed from running?

What is the best way to treat a callus turning white on the side of the big toe that developed from running?

Pumice stone: Soke it and then file off the callus with a pumice stone. After that use moleskin to protect the area from forming a new callus. ...Read more

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The blood in a pea sized blood blister on the side of my big toe is slightly spreading. Is this normal? (blister only occurred about 4 days ago).

Nope: If your not a diabetic or immunocompromised, if you have a sterile instrument pierce the roof of the blister and allow the blood to drain. The bandage it up. If you are afraid or unsure how to do this see a foot doctor. ...Read more

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I just noticed a small blood blister on the side of my big toe this morning, in what case should I visit a doctor regarding it?

If diabetic: This is likely just a pressure sore from a shoe or activity issue. If you are without health problems, I would just watch the blister. If you have diabetes or are immune compromised in any way, I would have your primary care doctor oversee the recover of this wound. If there is pressure in the blister, I would probably decompress the blister with an isopropyl alcohol cleaned straight pin. ...Read more

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While running a long time back I got bad blisters on the side of my big toes. They are now hard and dark underneath?

While running a long time back I got bad blisters on the side of my big toes. They are now hard and dark underneath?

Bleeding blisters: Blister can get so bad that they bleed and that's what's happened. The fluid had gone out of the blister leaving a callous with dried blood under it. They will fall off in time. The biggest problem is why did you get the blisters in the first place? ...Read more

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Popped blister on big toe side. Now its hard almost like callous. Been about 5 days now. Is this normal? Not painful really.

Popped blister on big toe side. Now its hard almost like callous. Been about 5 days now. Is this normal? Not painful really.

Callosity: A blister is from acute friction. A callosity, the hard part, is from chronic friction. Check your footwear. Check the size against a Bannock device found in most shoe stores and get a pair the is IMMEDIATELY comfortable. Don't worry about length of shoe by feeling where your toe are. I would guess your shoe was too narrow. ...Read more

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I started running a lot and now there are bumps on both sides of my big toe. What are they and how can I prevent them?

I started running a lot and now there are bumps on both sides of my big toe. What are they and how can I prevent them?

Sounds like: Callus has developed in these areas. Wear cushioned socks, supportive shoes and inserts. See podiatrist. ...Read more

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Skin on big toe came off. Now there is a blister. How do I treat it?

Skin on big toe came off. Now there is a blister. How do I treat it?

Protect and clean: Apply antibiotic ointment and a bandaid or light dressing. Prevent excessive pressure on area from tight or poor fitting shoes. Try to determine what caused this to occur and avoid that situation. If this continues to recur, see podiatrist. ...Read more

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I am a runner. Should I pop a blister on my big toe or leave it alone?

I am a runner. Should I pop a blister on my big toe or leave it alone?

Leave it alone: It is best to leave it alone so it dries out from the inside. In the long run it will be less painful than if you pop it. ...Read more

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My 2nd toe is always rubbing against my big toe, now I have a painfull blister that is soft with a black dot in the middle?

Corn: This is a corn with the black dot indicating that the rubbing caused some bleeding to the toe and under the thick skin or corn. This is an easy and painless fix for any podiatrist. You will be on your feet quickly. ...Read more

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At the bottom of my big toe I had little bumps and it turn into a blister. And then the bumps came back and on another toe as well. What could this be?

It could be.....: Very early on, warts can look like small blisters and can spread. It could also be one of the presentations of athlete's foot. It could also be numerous other possibilities. See a podiatrist for diagnosis before treatment. ...Read more

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My 2nd toe, my big toe constantly rubs, & now I have what looks like a small blister, with a black dot in the centre its soft, & painfull, is it a corn?

My 2nd toe, my big toe constantly rubs, & now I have what looks like a small blister, with a black dot in the centre its soft, & painfull, is it a corn?

Could be: Your skin will protect itself where there is increased pressure by forming a corn/callus however sometimes things can get embedded within that forming. Thia can be dirt, can be a.Scab from friction or a wart (virus). Have the podiatrist check it and offer you relief and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can running worsen the deformity on your big toe?

Maybe: If there is a biomechanical cause that if left uncorrected can lead to progression of deformity. If injury caused this, if not healed fully or properly, then yes. ...Read more

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What causes a blister on pad of big toe?

Pressure: Too much pressure for some reason / tight heel cord contributes to this / if left alone it could result in an ulcer leading to infection and worse problems this is worse for diabetics/ please get this checked soon with family doc or orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist sooner is better than later ...Read more

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I recently started running and my big toe goes numb while I'm running...Why?

I recently started running and my big toe goes numb while I'm running...Why?

Possibly: An ill fitting shoe or a compressed nerve in your lower back. Sometimes, the deep peroneal nerve is compressed near the base of the first metatarsal. ...Read more

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I jammed my big toe running a half marathon. It is throbbing. What should I do?

Big toe: Get an xray to make sure it is not broken. If just jammed - rest, ice, elevation, and supportive shoe. Buddy taping sometimes helpful. ...Read more

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