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2019 Camino Guides

Blister product advice

Ryan_StL

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2013
October 2017
#1
I used to get blisters on the ball of my feet every hike until I found the right sock for me. Now I only get one on my little toe. I’ve learned to live with it, but before I go on my trip next week, I figured I’d ask.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a product to prevent a recurring blister?

Right now I’ve decided to give second skin a try. We’ll see, but any other ideas?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Last 100k of the French Way Nov 2017
Porto to Santiago Sept 2018
#3
I used the Compeed roll on every morning and again at night. I wore my flip flops in the evenings to let air around my feet. Seemed to work as I didn't get any blisters on the Portuguese over the last couple of weeks.

I might not have anyway but who knows.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2007, 2009 Norte 2013, Inglés 2014, Fisterra 2009, Muxia 2013, Primitivo 2016 & 2018
#6
I used to get blisters on the ball of my feet every hike until I found the right sock for me. Now I only get one on my little toe. I’ve learned to live with it, but before I go on my trip next week, I figured I’d ask.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a product to prevent a recurring blister?

Right now I’ve decided to give second skin a try. We’ll see, but any other ideas?
Prevention and cure..
I use Micrpore tape or in Spain it's Lucopore, it's a sticky paper and doesn't allow the skin to move creating the blister - it's always worked for me! If I feel a blister developing I tape it over with micropore which effectively stops it developing!
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#7
I used to get blisters on the ball of my feet every hike until I found the right sock for me. Now I only get one on my little toe. I’ve learned to live with it, but before I go on my trip next week, I figured I’d ask.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a product to prevent a recurring blister?

Right now I’ve decided to give second skin a try. We’ll see, but any other ideas?
Sheep wool might do the trick?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2007, 2009 Norte 2013, Inglés 2014, Fisterra 2009, Muxia 2013, Primitivo 2016 & 2018
#8
I used to get blisters on the ball of my feet every hike until I found the right sock for me. Now I only get one on my little toe. I’ve learned to live with it, but before I go on my trip next week, I figured I’d ask.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a product to prevent a recurring blister?

Right now I’ve decided to give second skin a try. We’ll see, but any other ideas?
On toes to prevent blisters I use silicone tubes which you can cut to size.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
#9
I get those on my little toes too, all the time.
My cure? Wear knee high hosiery with your socks. People had recommended silk socks but when I saw the price, I figured regular hosiery would work and it does. You can use a bit of body glide on your toes just for extra help. Cheap, compression hosiery are fine. The ones that cost a 2-3 €.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002-2004-2006-2008-2011-2015
Cycled from Scotland,walked Francias, walked V.D.L.P, winter on Francais, stroll on Englaise
#10
Try Vaseline or even better BAGBALM applied liberally before putting on your socks. Feels squishy for for the first few minutes but fine after that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
#11
Where's the blister? I had one on my little toe and just cut away the bit of my sandal that was rubbing. Obviously less of an issue with a sandal than a boot but I'd still consider doing it unless plenty of rain was guaranteed.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2014), CF (2015), CP (2016)
#12
I know you said that you found a good sock, but perhaps socks with toes? We use Injinji socks with toes, which keeps them separated so there's no rubbing. Perhaps these will work for you too? My husband use to get blisters on his toes all the time. Not one blister on his toes after three Caminos and many other hikes, now for his heels, that's another story...
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
#13
I used a piece of this blister toe protector around my complete toe with a little blister.

But it felt too thick... then I cut off a small piece that just covered the blister on the toe and a little bit around and taped it with the white tape (image).
That did the trick for me...

blister_toe_small.png
 
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Camino(s) past & future
walked Camino Frances 2012, future June 26 2016 / Burgos to Santiago July 2017 future Camino Fran
#14
My good lady is a tissue viability nurse has used the white of a raw egg to speed healing skin issues when dry it forms a skin over the area its put on. Also lady's foam hair rollers can be cut and used as toe protectors.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese in September 18
#16
I met two south African girls on the Camino this year who have started their own company selling pure wool. They are called bliswool and are on Facebook. They set the company up after previous Camino experiences with blisters.
 

RyanStL

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago, September 2013
SJPP to Estella, September/October 2014
#17
I know you said that you found a good sock, but perhaps socks with toes? We use Injinji socks with toes, which keeps them separated so there's no rubbing. Perhaps these will work for you too? My husband use to get blisters on his toes all the time. Not one blister on his toes after three Caminos and many other hikes, now for his heels, that's another story...
Ha! Injinji socks are what cured the blisters I was getting on the ball of my feet. They're wonderful, but no matter what the little toe on my right foot still get a big blister. I gifure it's because an old hip injury turns my foot rightward a little more, or a childhood accident (I cut off a good piece of it running on sharp rocks) has doomed me to a blister. But this time I'll try the second skin.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#18
Ha! Injinji socks are what cured the blisters I was getting on the ball of my feet. They're wonderful, but no matter what the little toe on my right foot still get a big blister. I gifure it's because an old hip injury turns my foot rightward a little more, or a childhood accident (I cut off a good piece of it running on sharp rocks) has doomed me to a blister. But this time I'll try the second skin.
And I got a weird blister in the webbing between my big toe and my second toe from wearing Injinji socks! And I'm not the only one. A friend who is on the Camino now got a nearly identical blister after wearing Injinji socks. I thinkt that we both probably pulled them down to far on our feet. It could be because I have rather long toes. :D
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
#19
I used Body Glide on the tops of my feet, bottoms of my feet, around the heels, pads of my toes, between my toes. Every day. From day 1. Blister count over 800 km: 0.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Past Caminos - Frances, Portugues, Norte, Primitivo
#20
As per martin1ws gel toe tubes do the trick. I was prone to get an annoying blister on a little toe but putting these on before walking stopped any reoccurrence - just cut to the length required. You can get the tubing in different sizes for different toes. Best to buy on the internet before you go as they are quite expensive in Spain.
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#21
I used the Compeed roll on every morning and again at night. I wore my flip flops in the evenings to let air around my feet. Seemed to work as I didn't get any blisters on the Portuguese over the last couple of weeks.

I might not have anyway but who knows.
I second the Compeed anti blister stick. Do like it better than Glide. Used Injini toe socks and NOT ONE BLISTER or HOT SPOT entire Camino Portuguese! Of course, nor did we have any rain in the three weeks, so feet and footwear stayed dry...I think that's the key along with anti friction.
 

Ronah44

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Vigo to Santiago (2018)
#23
Prevention and cure..
I use Micrpore tape or in Spain it's Lucopore, it's a sticky paper and doesn't allow the skin to move creating the blister - it's always worked for me! If I feel a blister developing I tape it over with micropore which effectively stops it developing!
 

Ronah44

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Vigo to Santiago (2018)
#24
I had a good experience with micropore tape/ surgical tape also. Put it on if you feel pressure and leave it there. I got no blisters and I rubbed my feet with coconut oil every evening. good socks and shoes also played their part. Shoes a size bigger than you normally wear to allow room for the socks. Pity to have a beautiful experience on the camino blighted by the pain and discomfort of any blister big or small!
 

robproct

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Lisbon
#25
I found that that the Dr Scholls silicone tubes are great. Take them off every night. I had lost a couple of toenails before this too. Now I only wear Merino socks which are better than everything else. Chemists in Portugal sell the Dr Scholl range.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
#26
IMO #1 correct shoes for your foot and prevention

I have tried:
Vaseline
Toe caps
Hikers wool (though I do believe this helped on steeper down hills where sliding into the toe of a trail shoe was more likely despite lacing appropriately)
Liner socks with wool over sock
Darn tough socks etc
Body glide
Mole skin

What worked for me
Antiperspirant at night before bed on my feet ( I have hot sweaty feet and it was worth the weight 1 small travel size lasted 580 miles)
Blister shield powder rubbed on my feet in am ( not a package poured into the sock as the company suggests)
Ininji toe socks med weight crew . Not liners
Leukotape or surgical skin tape on any hot spots including around the ball of my foot
No blisters
 

Traa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I want to walk Camino in Sept/Oct 2017
#27
I had compeed with me when i walked, but the biggest advice I can give is to stop walking when your body gets tired, honestly that's the most important preventative and so many try to keep up with others etc and end up putting themselves under so much pressure, resulting in blisters and general unwellness...
I know ur blister is a chronic one so its a vulnerable area anyway, I'm only familiar with compeed which I think is super but for such a small tricky area, you'd prob need a thinner protectant. Did someone mention a roll on compeed? I reckon that would be perfect! Hope you'll be ok and you get sorted.

Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#28
I coated my feet in vaseline every morning and wrapped lamb's wool around one toe hotspot. Amazing! My feet were like new. Make sure you secure the wool though without suffocating your toe.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#29
what worked for me this year was buying top of the range New Balance running shoes with better cushioning and support plus Scholl inner soles plus Injinji socks and thick merino wool sox.These were half a size larger than my normal size because I wear men's 4 E extra wide shoes. I didn't apply moisturiser or loofah my feet for months before leaving. I taped my feet daily with hypafix or micropore tape on the bottom and sides of my feet. Last year I got a large blister on the inside of my left foot however decided not to prick it. It then got infected. This year I got one in the same place so pricked it with a sterile needle and alcohol wipe and it was immediately smaller and healed by the end of my walk. Funnily enough I too got a blister between the big and little toe from the Injinji sox but not last year. Saying that I would wear them again as I like the cotton protecting my feet from the wool. I think my feet were better this year as I limited my kilometres to 30 kms a day and it rained for about one hour in 35 days. Last year my feet ached so much I had to take Panadol twice at night when walking 40 km days.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#30
I didn't want to have to carry a lot of tape to re-tape my toes every day, so I went with these Engo blister prevention pads that fit inside your shoes. They completely eliminated blisters I was getting on my small toe, as they provided a smooth surface with no friction. The patches lasted the whole Camino and are still in my shoes today. I strongly recommend these. https://goengo.com/
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#31
Hiker’s wool. That’s my plan for 2019.
Yes. 3 Caminos, no blisters yet.
Along with the normal prevention techniques.
Double socks, vaseline, taping.
http://robscamino.com/2015/foot-care/

My wife used so much on our last Camino her feet looked like a Hobbit's :oops:
We had to get a resupply mailed to us 1/2 way!
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#32
I didn't want to have to carry a lot of tape to re-tape my toes every day, so I went with these Engo blister prevention pads that fit inside your shoes. They completely eliminated blisters I was getting on my small toe, as they provided a smooth surface with no friction. The patches lasted the whole Camino and are still in my shoes today. I strongly recommend these. https://goengo.com/
My friend used the Engo patches last year, and they worked great for her.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018
#33
I didn't want to have to carry a lot of tape to re-tape my toes every day, so I went with these Engo blister prevention pads that fit inside your shoes. They completely eliminated blisters I was getting on my small toe, as they provided a smooth surface with no friction. The patches lasted the whole Camino and are still in my shoes today. I strongly recommend these. https://goengo.com/
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018
#34
I had a horrible blister (that turned to an open sore) for most of my first CF. For the second Camino I did not want a repeat. After a lot of experimenting I ended up using:

A layer of Omnifix tape covered with a layer of Leukotape K — both of which are stretchable and so can be formed to your feet/toes with no / minimal overlaps. I don’t know if both were necessary but the Leukotape seemed to offer more protection than the paper-thin Omnifix. I applied both daily before walking and removed them in the shower in the afternoons. (Note: the Leukotape K is a kenisology tape and so it is also useful in taping knees and ankles, if necessary.)

Also, I put Engo patches inside my boots in areas where I had previously experienced blisters or hot spots.

The combination worked for me — 500 miles with no blisters or hot spots.
 
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
#35
Prevention and cure..
I use Micrpore tape or in Spain it's Lucopore, it's a sticky paper and doesn't allow the skin to move creating the blister - it's always worked for me! If I feel a blister developing I tape it over with micropore which effectively stops it developing!
Yes micropore tape wrapped round my blister prone toes, from day 1 walking, works for me. Just did part of VdLP and blister free. It's now a little early morning Camino ritual for me to use this amazing tape on my feet.
 

Mick McQueen

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#36
I used to get blisters on the ball of my feet every hike until I found the right sock for me. Now I only get one on my little toe. I’ve learned to live with it, but before I go on my trip next week, I figured I’d ask.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a product to prevent a recurring blister?

Right now I’ve decided to give second skin a try. We’ll see, but any other ideas?
Haha my mate Jose Piner told me the same thing and he has done six Camino’s always one little sucker of a toe. I don’t think you can beat it mate but love to hear if you do I could pass it on to my ole mate
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (last 300km) - November 2016
Camino Francés (beginning Roncesvalles) - November 2018
#37
Vaseline and thin cotton inner socks under my walking socks. At the end of the day, after shower, I'd use Rosemary-scented rubbing alcohol, which every Spanish farmacia sells. Worked a treat.
 

BruceNZ

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese (Via de la Plata)
#38
Compeed Anti-friction stick - use from day one … looks like a deodorant stick... use dabs where u think or feel rubbing... can spread with finger... magic - 2 caminos NO blisters...
 

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