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Got a blister on your heel? There are 3 types. Take a look at the images below and identify which one you’re dealing with. Then follow the 2 simple heel blister treatment steps for best possible results.

Back of heel blister
Blister under heel
Edge blister

STEP 1: HEEL BLISTER TREATMENT: LOOK AT YOUR BLISTER ROOF

Look at your blister roof and take the following blister treatment actions according to its integrity.

Is the roof of your heel blister:

  • Intact? If so, apply an island dressing to protect the weakened skin.
  • Torn? If so, apply an antiseptic or antibiotic and cover it with an island dressing to protect the skin, soak up blister fluids and keep the blister clean.
  • Deroofed? If so, apply an antiseptic antibiotic and apply either an island dressing or a hydrocolloid blister plaster to do all of the above, plus encourage a moist wound environment to encourage faster healing.

Don’t know what your blister roof is? Never heard of an island dressing or hydrocolloid. Watch the video above: https://youtu.be/tGqXa3wujiM

STEP 2: HEEL BLISTER PREVENTION

When you’re treating a heel blister, if you ALSO implement the right blister PREVENTION method(s), you can stop your blister from hurting, stop it from getting worse and help it heal faster.

That would be worth it, right?

Find your blister below and click the link to find out how.

⇒ Blisters at the back of the heel

Blisters behind the heel bone respond best to reducing friction levels with ENGO Blister Patches. You can use the “heel patches” or the “large oval patches”. While there are other products, methods and techniques you can try (donut pads, calf stretches, lacing techniques), the ENGO patches should be all you need to not only prevent your heel blister, but also relieve pain if you already have one. Even if you have a Haglund’s deformity. Click here to learn about all 5 techniques here.

⇒ Blisters under your heel

These are a rarer beast. Suffered mostly by runners and hikers traversing downhill terrain, these are tricky to get relief from. They’ll cause you to alter your walking and running gait too and that can lead to ankle, knee, hip and back soreness or injury. Preventing these heel blisters can be as easy as a good quality shear-absorbing padding (like Spenco or Poron), reducing your stride length a little or an ENGO blister patch on your insole. Learn the ins and outs here.

⇒ Heel edge blisters

These blisters are exceptionally common at endurance events and races where people increase their running or walking distances and durations substantially. They catch people completely off-guard because they’ve never had one of these blisters before. The other tricky thing about edge blisters is they’ll appear on the side of the heel – either the inner (medial) side or outer (lateral) side. I see a lot of people focusing all their attention on where the blister is, instead of where the blister is caused. The best edge of heel blister prevention is a technique called the Two-Patch Technique, but you also have to look at your heel cup. Learn about these methods here.

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