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Help! Blisters between the small toes?

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Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
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Ingles ('18)
#1
On my last Camino I had horrible blisters between the middle and 4th toe, and under the latter. Basically the whole toe was raw. I've never had this before, in spite of relatively recently treking in Ladakh (3 years before), and a lot of backpacking and marathons in my 20s and 30s (that was some time ago ;)). Same boots and sock system as 'usual.'
Has anyone had experience with successfully preventing these? Leaving soon and am putting together my first-aid/foot kit....really don't want to repeat the experience if I can avoid it; it was pretty excruciating.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Mar 2010, May/Jun 2016, Sep 2011, 2012, Apr 2014, St Olav's Way 2018
#2
There was a very good thread recently about prophylactic or preventative taping, but it didn't come up when I searched. Someone else might recall where to find it and post a link back to it.

As for strapping, I have done this regularly for long distance competitive walks, but didn't do it at the start of the CF in 2010. I blistered wearing sandals around Pamplona, right at the very start! Since then I have taped any blister prone areas using either athletic strapping tape or Micropore (tm) or a similar paper based tape.

For toes, after cleaning and drying the toe, I first apply a layer of tape along the top, front and then underneath the toe. Smooth this down and trim away any excess. Then apply the next layer of tape around the toe starting from one side near the top, and ending on the other side so there is some overlap. Smooth and trim any excess.

While I haven't used this next approach, I have helped people who have. For the smaller toes, particularly the two smallest, take a piece of hikers wool and place this between the toes after doing the first (longitudinal) strapping. Then strap two toes together with the lateral strapping.

Invariably with toes, it is always easier if you can get someone's help!

Edit: I remove athletic strapping tape every day or so and leave it off for a while. I have read that it is breathable, but I don't like leaving it on for long periods of time.

If I use Fixomull or Micropore, I am happier to leave it on for longer.

As for using duct tape, I wouldn't. It's not designed for medical applications, and I would prefer to carry strapping tape in any case. If you do use it, I would recommend removing it daily.
 
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LauraK

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Camino(s) past & future
Leon-Santiago (2004) Roncesvalles-Leon (2006) Camino Frances (2012) Kumano Kodo-Japan (2014) Camino Sanabres/Salamanca-Santiago (March 2015) Camino Del Salvador and Camino Primativo (Oct 2015)
#3
On my last Camino I had horrible blisters between the middle and 4th toe, and under the latter. Basically the whole toe was raw. I've never had this before, in spite of relatively recently treking in Ladakh (3 years before), and a lot of backpacking and marathons in my 20s and 30s (that was some time ago ;)). Same boots and sock system as 'usual.'
Has anyone had experience with successfully preventing these? Leaving soon and am putting together my first-aid/foot kit....really don't want to repeat the experience if I can avoid it; it was pretty excruciating.
I had this same problem with my small toe which turns under my fourth toe. On my last camino I purchased some five toe socks by Injinji (purchased through REI in the US). They are generally used for running so you may find them under running gear. I used these as liner socks under smart wool socks. I also used a product called "Glide" on my feet and between my toes before putting on my socks (it comes in a stick form) - probably over-kill but I really didn't want the toe problem again. It solved my problem and I had zero blisters! On previous caminos I also used moleskin whenever I felt a hot spot and prevented blisters from forming on my heel and the ball of my foot. I leave for the Via de la Plata and Camino Sanbres on Wednesday and will be using this system again. I hope this helps.
Buen Camino!
Laura
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2011 April, 2014 March) San Salvador, Primitivo, Finisterre, Muxia (June 2015) Del Norte (Sept/Oct 2016)
#4
On my last camino I took some 'gel tubes' - available at a pharmacy. They fit right over the whole toe, you cut them to the length you need.

I didn't need them but gave them to 2 pilgrims who had blisters on their toes - they said they really helped. I'll include them in my kit this year as well.

Having had terrible blisters on my first camino, I tried a product similar to "Glide" this year (Silic 15 - available in Australia) and didn't have a single blister. When my Silic 15 ran out I replaced it with vaseline. I used it everyday - sometimes twice!

buen camino
 

NicoZ

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
#5
On my last Camino I had horrible blisters between the middle and 4th toe, and under the latter. Basically the whole toe was raw..
You can get blisters any place that things rub. Do you actually mean between the toes? Not the top or bottom of the toe? Doesn't that mean the toe boxes of your shoes are too small?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#6
Thanks all, for the suggestions, a big help. I'll take the lot and hope for the best.
Nico, they're weird blisters--yes, between the toes and also spreading to under one of then; it seems more like pinch or shear force rather than rubbing. The toe boxes are quite comfortable, definitely not too small, but also not too big.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
#7
Are you taking a shower at night or in the morning? If in the morning then your feet will be soft and if there is any residual damp between your toes then they will be more likely to blister. I shower at night and powder my feet, then check that all is clean and dry (no residual powder) between the toes next morning and all is well.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#9
Thanks falcon, I did.....unfortunately it did NOT work. Sigh. And Tia, I shower at night. But thanks so much for your suggestions, both. No easy answers, I guess. Taping and padding and keeping the toes from trodding on each other...
And Tia, wishing you a very happy and healthy return to the road this year...muy buen camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#10
Kia Ora, Lise...
Now why didn't I think of that? A very Kiwi solution. ;)
Thank you! I'll have an array of possibilities. Hopefully the toes will be happier this time!
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), Primitivo(13), Norte(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18)
#12
On my last Camino I had horrible blisters between the middle and 4th toe, and under the latter. Basically the whole toe was raw. I've never had this before, in spite of relatively recently treking in Ladakh (3 years before), and a lot of backpacking and marathons in my 20s and 30s (that was some time ago ;)). Same boots and sock system as 'usual.'
Has anyone had experience with successfully preventing these? Leaving soon and am putting together my first-aid/foot kit....really don't want to repeat the experience if I can avoid it; it was pretty excruciating.
Bandaids
 

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