Virgin Atlantic Flight Attendants suffer from Designer Blisters

Enteringan exclusive group of past airline-designer collaborations including Pierre Balmain for Singapore Airlines and Christian Lacroix for Air France, British designer Vivienne Westwood has been chosen by airline Virgin Atlantic to design its flight attendants’ uniforms. The collaboration is currently under scrutiny, however, as some of Virgin’s 7,500 crew members are reporting that Westwood’s shoes are causing blisters. The footwear is an adaptation of the designer’s signature hourglass heel. In a global wearer trial of the uniform, no negative feedback was reported. Nonetheless, in response to the reports a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson stated that the airline would be ensuring that its employees are “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 Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov 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 feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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