Prevention

Children should always wear socks with shoes, and gloves on hands when using tools. Feet should be powdered when wearing new shoes. Children at risk for getting a blister on the foot should try coating blister-prone areas with petroleum jelly or diaper rash ointment (such as A&D ointment) to cut down friction.

Experts do not agree on the type of sock that best protects against blisters, but current research suggests that acrylic spun fibers may be better than cotton in the presence of water. Wearing two sets of different sock materials on each foot with properly fitted shoes helps prevent blistering.

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