What is the Difference Between a Blister and a Callus?

January 8th, 2016

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Both blisters and calluses signal your body is on the defensive from foot trauma. A blister is fluid-filled skin that often causes pain, while a callus is painless hardened skin. The cause of these injuries can be as simple as breaking in a new pair of shoes or the result of running several miles a day. Dr. Verville is a skilled foot doctor who helps Plano patients determine the underlying cause so that they can make minor adjustments to stop it from happening in the future.

Do I Really Need Treatment From a Foot Doctor?

Many Plano patients decide to treat their blisters and calluses without the help of a trained foot doctor. The problem is that a slight mistake can cause serious tissue damage. Dr. Verville is a trained foot doctor who can diagnose and properly treat minor injuries such as calluses and blisters before they worsen into ongoing foot problems that limit your lifestyle and mobility. During a consultation Dr. Verville will:

  • Examine your blister or callus
  • Determine the cause
  • Treat the injury
  • Create a prevention plan

Often a small tweak in your routine, footwear or socks is enough to manage the problem and prevent re-injury.

Preventing Blisters and Calluses

Blisters and calluses develop over time with constant pressure and friction. Creating the right conditions for running and activity will free you from blisters and calluses:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well.
  • Use custom orthotics for an extra layer of protection.
  • Purchase socks that cushion your feet and act as a barrier.
  • Rethink your style of running and develop a foot-friendly technique.
  • Keep feet dry and clean.

If you notice any signs of a blister or callus forming, seek treatment before it gets worse.

If you have a callus or blister, schedule an appointment at our Plano, TX office by calling (214) 385-8822. Dr. Verville can treat your existing problem and help you prevent re-injury.