Remember those new shoes you got for school? Or those new running shoes you bought for track? Or those new soccer cleats you just had to have before the new season started?

There's nothing quite like a fresh new pair of kicks to make you feel your best. You slide your feet into them and strut your stuff at school, on the track, or on the field. But by the end of the day or the close of practice, your feet might be hurting.

In fact, you might have a very painful area around your ankle that burns and hurts to touch. What's going on here? Chances are those new shoes may have given you a blister!

A blister is a skin condition in which friction from two surfaces rubbing together causes an area of skin to become raised with a watery liquid just beneath the skin. They're basically fluid-filled bumps that look like bubbles.

Blisters are most common on the hands and feet. Rubbing and pressure from new shoes or shoes that are too tight often cause blisters on the toes and ankles.

You might also get blisters on your hands if you're working with a tool repeatedly. For example, if you rake the leaves in your yard, you might get a blister on your hand from where the rake handle repeatedly rubs the skin of your hand in the same spot.

Most blisters heal on their own, but they can get infected if you're not careful. If you get a blister, follow the suggestions in the Try It Out section and make sure you tell an adult, so you can be sure that you don't need to see a doctor.

The best way to handle blisters is to avoid them in the first place. If you're going to be doing repetitive work with some kind of tool, such as a hammer or a shovel, wear gloves to protect your hands from the repeated rubbing that causes blisters.

As for your feet, make sure that you buy shoes that are the correct size. When your shoes are brand new, break them in slowly. Wear them for a while and then switch back to an older pair. Over time, your feet will get used to them and you can avoid getting those painful blisters!

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