Designer Uniforms Cause Blisters on the Feet of Flight Attendants

Virgin Atlantic has partnered with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in creating a brand new uniform for their flight attendants. Although these uniforms are fashionable, they may not be so attractive to the feet and ankles of its wearers. In fact, 7,500 crew members report Westwood’s shoes causing foot blisters.

Westwood’s shoes are ban adaptation of her signature hourglass heel. An initial global wearer trial of the uniform did not report any negative feedback. However, in response to these reports a spokesperson for the airline company said they would ensure their employees will be “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”

Long hours on your feet, either standing or walking, can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters  

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, located in in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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