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Hot spot on toe close to leaving on Camino

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spikey

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago October 2019
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
I too tend to get blisters on the wee toes, I wrap them with hiker's wool/lambswool. It works great and is easy to apply -and then it weighs next to nothing so you can carry a good supply with you 🙂
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I get that danged blistered wee toe also.
I wrap with hiker's wool when I have it.
I also use those silicone toe tubes you can buy anywhere and cut to size.
Lastly, I use KT tape if I need it.
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
Excellent catch! Great to pay close attention to anything that could turn into something much bigger! Based on the fact that you are observant to your foot health I predict your feet will be well taken care of on Camino!
You will receive MANY suggestions! This is what I do:
1) Protect with waterproof medical tape. Taping potential spots is wise prevention.
2) Also check the inside of socks - there could be a little bitty string from manufacturing that could rub. I prefer to wear my socks inside out so the really smooth surface is against my feet.
3) Look feet over and attend to them carefully every day.
Buen Camino Spikey!
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
Any tips at this late stage
Yeah, I get it too if my boots/shoes are too narrow. Some people recommend wearing 2 pairs of socks to prevent blisters, but when I tried that once I started getting that hot spot on my little toe. I removed one pair of socks and everything was fine again. I just make sure I have a wide enough shoe box now.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
For this type of location, a toe cap often times works best due to the potential difficulty of getting tape or moleskin to stick without it rubbing loose and creating other problems. Toe caps come in a variety of sizes and materials, but those made of silicone seem to 'hold on' best.

Something is creating a friction rub, and if you can, try to identify the cause so that a correction can be made if possible.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
If you are getting it now, for sure it will be worse on the Camino. I get it and have to walk in pain until the blister heals into a thick callus. I think the cause is the repeated 20+km days, whereas one or 2 such days don't cause it. On my next walk, I intend to use protection every morning, even when I don't seem to have a problem. I will use Omnifix (available from pharmacies in Spain; google it for info), paper tape or even a simple bandaid on the baby toes. When I have developed a big blister, I have had to drain it thoroughly to reduce pain and expansion, and protect with a toe cap/tube.

Wider shoes might also be appropriate.
 

Dochim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 July - April 2018 Francés
June - July 2018 Primitivo
Those baby toes are tiny but can give us so much grief 😩. I have Altra trailshoes with a wide toe box, but I’m now thinking of cutting the section of insole beneath the wee toes, just to give the little dears even more space. Restarting in Logrono tomorrow.
 

maggiec

Member
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
Get some Hikers Wool. It is weightless and absolutely fantastic to stuff into your sock where the hotspot is. I bought mine online but some stores stock it. Google it and have a look. The other good thing to take with you is the toe tube thing you buy at a pharmacy. Just cut a piece off and poke your toe into it so there is no rubbing. (You need wide toed shoes to accommodate bandages etc)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
Do whatever Davebugg tells you to do. No one on earth knows more about feet and shoes and blisters and toes then Dave.
 

Bodi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Najera Sept. 2017; Najera to Astorga Oct. 2018; SJPP to Pamplona May 2019
I wrap my little toe in hikers wool also. No tape needed. Also just lately, I’ve started loosening my boot laces just a bit at the bottom toe box area while still tightening as usual farther up. My boots are possibly a little too narrow now as compared to when I bought them a few years ago; my feet have no doubt spread a bit. Hikers wool is the best though and as others have said, weighs nothing.
 

Geoff Shepherd

I’m the big fella on the left.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep-Oct 2018
Just under 3 weeks from Camino and starting to get a hot spot on my wee toe during training walks😩
Nothing previously???
Any tips at this late stage folks wrap it in a plaster pre walking?
Wear Injinji toe ‘under socks’ - but get the pure wool ones. Then your walking socks (merino wool best) over them. And, put some Omnifix tape on before walking - under the socks of course!!!
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
I wrap my little toe in hikers wool also. No tape needed. Also just lately, I’ve started loosening my boot laces just a bit at the bottom toe box area while still tightening as usual farther up. My boots are possibly a little too narrow now as compared to when I bought them a few years ago; my feet have no doubt spread a bit. Hikers wool is the best though and as others have said, weighs nothing.
This also reminds me that to give the toe box more space it works to remove the laces and then replace them - omitting the first set of grommets. Three basic but awesome tips - including this one - is at: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/lacing-hiking-boots.html
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
I have not used engo patches but possibly they may help you here. Essentially they are Teflon patches that adhere to the insides of your footwear to reduce friction. The following links to a forum search on engo.

[Edit: While the lamb's wool is cheap and may work fine for you it may be worth ordering the engo now in case the wool doesn't work out for you. You may have enough time to test it but even if it doesn't do the job in the test bring it with you. It is light and could be passed on to someone else on the trail with a foot problem.]
 
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JudeD

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago "2016"
SJPP to Burgos "2017" Burgos to Hornillos "2018" SJPP to Finisterre "2019
I returned on 1st Sept after walking SJPdP to Finisterre wearing Altra trail runners with injinji socks (after reading about them on here). No foot problems whatsoever. My friend started with expensive (supposedly correctly fitted) Merrell walking shoes and toe socks, got blisters and ended up buying Altras in Solorunners in Burgos. Wore them straight away with no breaking in, but best of all no more blisters.
 
Camino(s) past & future
August 2015
I suggest you watch Rebecca Rushton’s videos on YouTube. She’s a podiatrist/blister expert from Australia. Not sure if you’re referring to a potential blister on top of your toe or underneath (pinch blister) but she’ll set you straight on how to handle. Buen Camino.
 

Tom Quinn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2019)
(2020)
Some excellent suggestions here. Definitely try to change how the boots are being laced. Also I have found a thinner wool sock (ice breaker) gives more room in the toe box of my boot. Experiment to see what works best here for you before you start your pilgrimage. Buen Camino.
 

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