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How to Stop Shoes Rubbing on Your Little Toe

Wednesday, 8 September 2021  |  Christopher

Blisters on your little toe are painful and frustrating. Furthermore if left without proper treatment they can potentially lead to more serious ailments such as impetigo, cellulitis and even sepsis. In this article, we outline some of our top tips for preventing blisters on your little toes.

What Causes Toe Blisters?

The three main causes of toe blisters are:

  1. Poorly fitting shoes that are too tight, too loose or too rigid
  2. Athletic activities such as sports, running or hiking
  3. Physically demanding jobs that require you to be on your feet 
  4. Foot conditions such as bunions and corns

The first thing to do if you’re getting blisters is to ensure you have the correct size shoes, but even the best fitting shoes can take time to break in. The next step is to ask what products could help prevent, alleviate and treat your blisters.

The Advantages of Blister Prevention Powders

The most effective way to treat blisters is to stop them forming in the first place. With blister prevention powder like the 2Toms BlisterShield Blister Prevention Powder, you can prevent blisters without the bulk or discomfort sometimes caused:

2TOMS BLISTER PREVENTION POWDERWhat Makes This Product Special?

  • Named in Runners' World UK 2018 Gear of the Year
  • Amazing for reducing friction while you run 
  • Prevents blisters from forming 
  • Lets you train longer, increasing your athletic performance
  • Exceptional moisture absorption

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When you have broken blisters or open wounds
  • For easy-to-carry blister prevention please see the product below

 

Our Verdict: This advanced 2Toms BlisterShield Blister Prevention Powder provides long-lasting protection and is fantastic for making sure you don't get blisters in the first place. It's approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association and contains 70g of powder for repeated application.

If you plan on doing some long distance running and want a more transportable option these 2Toms Sportshield Blister Prevention Towelettes are perfect:

2TOMS BLISTER PREVENTION POWDERWhat Makes This Product Special?

  • Ultra Running Magazine's Anti-Chafing Top Pick
  • Ideal for blister prevention on the go
  • No animal products used in this product
  • Easy to apply to a range of high-chafe areas
  • Contains Aloe Vera and added Vitamin E

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When you have broken blisters or open wounds
  • For better value see the blister prevention product above

 

Our Verdict: These 2Toms Sportshield Blister Prevention Towelettes are perfect for long distance marathon runners and wilderness hikers. Being able to carry lightweight and effective blister prevention with you can be an absolute life-saver when you're far from civilisation or participating in competitive running. 

What Should I do if the Blisters Are Forming Between Toes?

The outside of the little toe where it rubs against the shoe or sock is where blisters form most regularly, but in some cases the friction between toes can create blisters too. In that scenario the best solution is to separate the toes using specialised socks such as the TOETOE Cotton Toe Separator Socks:

COTTON TOE SEPERATOR SOCKSWhat Makes This Product Special?

  • Toe socks that provide excellent separation
  • Made from soft and comfortable cotton
  • Also helps to improve foot function
  • Improves balance
  • Completely eliminates friction between toes

When Should I Use This Product?

  • This product is designed for low-intensity physical activity
  • Ideal for when you're on your feet all day
  • Not suitable for high-intensity athletics

Our Verdict: If you're on your feet all day these TOETOE Cotton Toe Separator Socks can provide a fantastic way to avoid blisters. Their bulky nature means they're not ideal for most sports, but they do provide exceptional comfort, improve balance and provide great toe separation.

Or if you prefer a less bulky option, toe separators such as the Footmedics Active Gel Toe Separator may be preferable:

2TOMS BLISTER PREVENTION POWDERWhat Makes This Product Special?

  • The mineral oil enriched gel softens calluses
  • The active gel separates and cushions overlapping toes
  • Washable, durable and highly reusable
  • Available in several different sizes

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When the blisters are on the outside edge of your little toe
  • When blisters are broken or popped

 

Our Verdict: This Footmedics Active Gel Toe Separator is fantastic for providing long-term relief due to the fact that it can be machine washed. The low bulk design means it's comfortable to wear, unobtrusive and feels so natural you can even forget that you're wearing it. 

How Can I Help My Blisters Heal Quickly?

Blisters can take up to a week of rest to heal – a week that work or athletic training schedules rarely allows. If blisters aren’t rested and allowed to heal, they can become infected, potentially requiring medical treatment. Thankfully, there are products that have been designed specifically to allow you to continue your daily activities without making blisters worse. 

What Products Are Best for the Different Types of Blisters?

There are four different stages of blisters that each require different forms of treatment. 

  1. Hot Spot Blister

This is the initial stage of the blister where an irritated red patch begins to form on the skin. At this point 2Toms Blister Prevention Powder is recommended to prevent the hot spot becoming a bubble blister. Catching blisters at this stage is best for a speedy recovery and helps to avoid scarring.

2TOMS BLISTERSHIELD ADVANCED BLISTER PREVENTION

What Makes This Product Special?

 

  • Highly transportable and easy to carry
  • Perfect for preventing initial blisters from getting worse
  • Includes six single-use sachets for regular use
  • No stains, no grease and no animal products used

When Is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When blisters are broken or popped
  • For regular athletes there are better value products available
  1. Bubble Blister

If the roof of the blister is raised but still intact you may need more comprehensive protection to allow the blister to heal without bursting. In this case we recommend the Silipos Full Gel Toe Caps. If you do decide to pop the blister, ensure you swab it with antiseptic after and proceed to the advice below for broken blisters.

SILIPOS FULL GEL TOE CAPS (2 PACK)

What Makes This Product Special?

  • Features a mineral oil gel that cushions and moisturises
  • Beneficial for corns, blisters and ingrown toenails
  • Conforms to the shape of the toe to provide excellent comfort
  • Made from a clear, non-toxic and hypoallergenic gel
  • Washable and reusable

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When blisters are broken or popped

 

  1. Broken Blister

With broken blisters the first priority is to prevent infection. Antiseptic treatment should be your first action, then it’s recommended that you use a product that will provide a secure barrier that will protect the wound like the Advanced 123 Blister Plasters

 

ADVANCED 123 BLISTER PLASTERS

What Makes This Product Special?

  • Protective hydrocolloid layer
  • Exceptional for instantly relieving blister pain
  • A great addition to any first aid kit, medicine cabinet or hiking bag
  • Shields the wound from water, dirt and bacteria
  • Comes in a box of five with two different sizes

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When blisters are infected

 

  1. Infected Blister

If your blister has progressed to the stage of being infected, we recommend you seek medical advice as infections can cause fevers, chills and sepsis. Contact your GP immediately if there are red lines extending away from the blister as this indicates the infection is spreading. 

What’s the Best Product for Recurring Blisters?

If blisters are a regular occurrence in your daily life, we recommend getting a full kit with all the relevant treatment options included. The excellent value for money and the comprehensive collection of blister treatments makes the Sidas Foot Protection and Care Kit a fantastic choice. This product is great for athletes, hikers and anyone else who experiences blisters often.

SIDAS COMPLETE FOOT CARE KIT

What Makes This Product Special?

  • Highly transportable, easy to carry
  • Perfect for preventing initial blisters from getting worse
  • Includes six single-use sachets for regular use
  • No stains, no grease and no animal products used

When is This Product Not Suitable?

  • When blisters are broken or popped

 

 

 

How Can Shoe Insoles Help Prevent and Treat Blisters?

By absorbing sweat and keeping your feet dry insoles for blisters help reduce friction, preventing the conditions that cause blisters. They also assist by preventing the spread of bacteria, this ensures that if blisters do form, they are far less likely to get infected. Check out our extensive range of blister prevention insoles here.

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