Blisters on Legs: Water Blisters on Foot and Leg Treatment and Remedies

Water blisters on legs are not actually painful but they can be a source of discomfort and prevent you from doing your usual daily activities. Having water blisters on your legs can also keep you from wearing your favorite shoes and may even cause you some embarrassment due to the unsightly appearance on the skin. If left unattended, the water blister can produce pus and get further infection.

Causes of Leg Blisters

  • The usual cause of water blisters on the legs is constant friction or the frequent brushing of your skin against fabric or new shoes.
    Water blisters can be painful when the blisters burst.
  • Water blisters are usually located on the heels and are caused by a new pair of shoes especially leather and other shoes made of hard materials.
  • Cigarette burns and other burns on the skin can also cause water blisters. The more severe the burn is, the quicker the water blister would be.
  • Viral infection
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Chicken pox
  • Shingles
  • Prickly heat due to ever exposure to sunlight can also cause water blisters.
  • You can also have water blisters on the legs by taking medications. Certain drugs can cause side effects and allergic reactions.
  • Allergies from detergent bars and cleaning powders

Home Remedies for Water Blisters on Legs or Foot

To effectively treat any health situation, you should always look at the cause of it. Water blisters on the legs can be prevented. The following are home remedies you can apply:

  • If you are going to wear a new pair of shoes, stick on a bandage on your heels to prevent direct contact and friction against the shoes. Use a clean and sterile bandage to avoid infection
  • Avoid wearing ill-fitted shoes regardless if they fit perfectly or the shoes are right for the occasion.
  • Take off your shoes as soon as you get home. Once you get to your house, immediately take off your shoes and change to a comfortable slippers.
  • If you cannot help wearing a new pair of shoes, cut a soft pad or bandage and stick it around the blister to allow the pad to absorb friction.
  • Avoid picking on the water blister to prevent it from getting infected. Once the water burst, the opening is susceptible to infection especially if your hands are dirty.


  1. anonymous said:

    I recently got an enormous blister on the side of my vagina although it is between the vaginal opening and the leg. I do not exactly know the cause but I have speculations as to what caused it. But I was wondering if there is a natural remedy for such a blister. Thanks.

    August 19, 2010
  2. Brenda said:

    My mom has blister on her legs she has congenital heart disease, COPD, and is on dialysis three times a week. She is also taking many medicines. But recently she has the blister on her leg. Doctors are not able to find the cause for blisters; they suspect it to be due to infection. They suggest amputation of leg. Can I take a second opinion before deciding it?

    May 9, 2012
  3. Allen said:

    I have water blisters on both my legs in the front of the leg. It just appeared a few days back. I am 73 years old and not a diabetic but about 40 lbs over weight. Otherwise I am very healthy. What coulbd the reason and what should I do?

    July 4, 2016
  4. Brenda said:

    If the water blisters open you should clean them with peroxide then put antibiotic cream on them daily. This will stop them from getting infected.

    July 17, 2016
  5. AMN said:

    I have all sizes of water blisters on both my legs always from the knee down to my toes. My legs get very red with heat and very stressed almost to where I can’t bend my ankles. They are so tight and swollen that I feel as if they could burst at any time. I have to be careful what I do and always keep them covered when I go out to doctors office. They stay that way for days or weeks at a time, clear up and flake for a couple of days and then it starts again.

    I have seen eight doctors and none have a clue. I am 67 years old, diabetic type 2 and over weight. It is not because I can’t do much but I have had to stop going to the pool due to the looks of my legs so my exercise has been almost cut out. Any info or suggestion would help me.

    January 30, 2018

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