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16 December 2010

Want to see my really big blister? It takes up almost half my foot. It's been over a week now, I keep switching shoes hoping it will go away but it doesn't seem to be leaving.
I wish I could unsee that.

How raised is it? Is it painful? It doesn't look red in the picture...depending on how comfortable you are with self-surgery, could you lance it to drain the fluid? IANAD, of course, but that looks pretty horrible.
posted by punchtothehead 16 December | 09:24
Ow. What prompted that? Walking for days in new shoes?
posted by chewatadistance 16 December | 10:12
I bought new boots this week.

Good: Water does not seep in through a hole in the sole.

Bad: Chafing a large patch of skin off my heel. The left one is breaking my foot in, instead of the reverse. >=(

So, I feel ya!
posted by Eideteker 16 December | 10:12
Now THAT'S a blister. WOW.
posted by richat 16 December | 10:34
OUCH! Hopefully you can find the right combination of socks and shoes to alleviate this. . .
posted by danf 16 December | 12:07
Eide, as someone who has broken in tooooo many leather boots that tried to eat my heels and ankles, you can wrap the offended area in vetrap until it does finally break in some. It helps a lot. Wrap around the area a couple of times and then cut the wrap.

You can get vetrap at pharmacies, as "self-adhering single use wrap." You can also get it at feed stores and online agricultural supply places for like 1/3 the price, but that might be harder for someone in your geographic locale.

if I had rmless's giant scary blister I'd probably grab a needle and syringe and drain it. (Again, something you can get at agricultural supply places... don't know if human medical supply will sell these things without a script, but it's the same sterile stuff.) I don't know if that's the right thing to do, but boy, I wouldn't be able to resist.
posted by galadriel 16 December | 14:12
I say we take off and nuke the entire foot from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
posted by Atom Eyes 16 December | 15:05
I am not looking at that. I am sending you sympathy (and fellow feeling: I have managed to cut the hell out of the ball of my foot). But I am NOT looking at that.

galadriel, buying that stuff at an agri supply house is GENIUS. I'll be doing that next time.
posted by Elsa 16 December | 16:35
Yeah, it started one day with a lot of wakking in relatively new boots, then looked like it was shrinking, then came back with a vengeance and seems to keep growing no matter what shoes and socks I wear.
it is growing towards the center of my foot, and hurts there but nowhere else.
Maybe I will pop it, but there doesn't seem to be much juice in it so I don't know if that will help.
At this point, it feels like I have a new annoying pet to take care of. And I walk so much in my commute, I don't know when I can lay off it.
posted by rmless2 16 December | 18:15
Yikes, that is some impressive blister. If it's not really sore I'd be tempted to leave it intact because your skin is a great bandage and keeps it sterile. I hope it's better soon.

I just received my eBay order today for 6 rolls of "Petflex" cohesive bandages. It's the same as the Vetrap, just made by another company. The wilderness first aid instructor told us to buy it from an animal supply place rather than a first aid company as the price is much cheaper. It's awesome stuff!

posted by nelvana 16 December | 20:40
Epsom salt soak will drain whatever's in it and help it dry up.

(Did not look at picture.)
posted by Riverine 16 December | 23:10
I've never had one that big. Yikes!!!! I've always drained friction blisters per these instructions.
posted by youngergirl44 17 December | 02:21
Hardcore! I think the biggest problem with blisters like that is getting another blister UNDER the blister, where the skin is more tender. Good luck!
posted by Stewriffic 17 December | 11:14
At this point, it feels like I have a new annoying pet to take care of.

Snort! You're taking it well, rmless2, but I can imagine what an annoyance and inconvenience (at the very least) it is. Hope it heals up soon!
posted by Elsa 17 December | 11:31
Do NOT pop it unless you absolutely have to. You will dry out the tender, growing skin underneath and make the healing take three times as long.

Hope it gets better soon!
posted by Specklet 17 December | 21:07
"F**k off, Harrod's" || More Bayes.