Man Hikes 240 Miles through Appalachian Trail, Obtains Blisters on His Feet

Curtis Penix of Kentucky wanted to follow in the pioneering footsteps of his ancestors and decided to hike 240 miles in the Appalachian Trail. Accordingly the trail is where the American dream began when axe men carved it out in 1775.

Penix relived the journey starting in Tennessee and ending five days later in Kentucky. On his first day he walked through approximately seven streams and rivers, which soon proved to be a mistake by the blisters on his feet. He stated, “I quickly found out that by getting your feet wet and then continuing to walk, you could get what the pioneers called ‘scaled feet.’” The blisters caused a slight change in the trail, choosing to walk over bridges than through streams of water.

Blisters on the feet can be huge nuisance and cause many complications if not treated correctly. If you have blisters on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

  • Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
  • Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief
  • Seek a doctor if you see blood or pus in a blister
  • Keep your feet dry, and wear proper fitting shoes

If you have any questions contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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