Is it okay to pop a blister?

Let us start by saying that if you are living with diabetes, you should not attempt to deal with skin injuries on your feet yourself. Blister popping can put you at risk for infection and serious complications. As soon as you discover one—hopefully in your daily foot inspection—make an appointment with us and have one of our professionals handle it for you in a safe manner.

For otherwise healthy individuals, popping a blister is fine as long as you are careful in how you go about doing so. Make sure that you clean the surrounding area with antibacterial soap first, then sterilize your needle with alcohol, make only a small puncture on one edge, and drain the fluid. Afterwards, keep the flap attached, use antibiotic ointment, and cover with a fresh bandage.

Whether you developed a blister on your diabetic foot, need treatment for a different foot or ankle condition, or simply require more information, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is here for you. Contact our Austin, TX office today by calling (512) 328-8900. You can also use our online form found here on our website.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists