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The Art and Science Of Blister Prevention
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Toe Blister Treatment

Toe Blisters Can Be Tricky To Treat

Toes are small, bony and sit close together. They can be bent and twisted, and stiff. They get sweaty, they swell, they rub together and get jammed into the shoe’s toebox.

And that’s to mention nothing of the toenail!

When it comes to treating toe blisters, there’s not a whole lot of room for wrapping, padding, strappings and such.

Drastic toe blister situations - I hope you don’t have to resort to this!

I’ve seen some pretty drastic toebox modifications in an effort to relieve pressure from painfully blistered and swollen toes in ultra-endurance events. Take a look at these photos from a 6-Day ultramarathon in Adelaide in 2014. See what I mean about the challenges of a lack of space to be able to implement helpful blister management. I hope you never have to resort to this.

An extreme toebox modification necessary to allow the toes the width they need.

An extreme toebox modification necessary to allow the toes the width they need.

Another extreme toebox modification. Look how the toes would have been butting right up against the end of the toebox if it was still there.

Another extreme toebox modification. Look how the toes would have been butting right up against the end of the toebox if it was still there.

This slightly less extreme modification will help relieve pressure on  the tops of the toes - for hammer toes for example.

This slightly less extreme modification will help relieve pressure on the tops of the toes - for hammer toes for example.

Blister Treatment Rules

The same blister treatment rules apply as for these as they do any blister. Look at your blister roof:

  • If it’s intact, put an island dressing on it.

  • If it’s torn, apply some antiseptic/antibiotic an cover it with an island dressing.

  • If it’s deroofed, apply some antiseptic/antibiotic and apply a hydrocolloid blister plaster.

And then of course:

Blood blister on toe?

Treating a blood blister is no different to treating a normal friction blister. Just be mindful that the fact there is blood means there is more likelihood of infection. So antiseptic/antibiotic, dressings, dressing changes and monitoring for signs of infection become even more important.

Should you pop your toe blister?

It depends! I go into full detail on the questions to ask yourself to help you make the right decision for your situation. I also show you how to pop your blister painlessly, in case you need a hand with that.

Applying tapes, dressings and plasters to your toes

Getting the right sizes and shapes of tapes, dressings and plasters can make toe blister treatment and prevention much easier.

  • “Butterfly” or “bow-tie” island dressings reduce the bulk of doubled-over material that sits between the toes that can be irritating. Here’s how to apply them (below). As a bonus, I even show you how to lance your blister without pain.

 
 
  • Hydrocolloid blister plasters come in different shapes and sizes in the same way (below).

 
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  • There are a few tricks of the trade when it comes to preventing toe taping too. Here’s how to do it easily (below).

 
 

Toe Blister Prevention

Different toe blisters require different prevention techniques, products and strategies. I’ve written an in-depth article on each of these toe blisters:

Looking for toe blister treatment supplies?

Take a look at the quality blister products in our store.

What’s Next?

If you’ve got a painful blister on your toe right now, you’ll find some advanced treatment advice in the Blister Treatment Blueprint 2.0. If you have a history of recurring toe blisters, download the Blueprint today and get a head-start on how you can start preventing them.