These blisters are formed by pressure from the toes themselves.

Anatomy of the toes ie each toe joint doesn’t slot into the fleshy bit of the corresponding toes and joints then they rub on another joint which increases the pressure on that area of the skin which in turn will blister. This is often recorded in people who have short big toes, If you look at your fingers they have the same formulae, the knuckles nestle into flesh rather than the joint.

Pressure of the footwear in the toe box area, if the shoes are not wide enough where the toes are situated then the toes will receive an increase amount of pressure which will in turn cause shear and blisters. At the end of the day or in the summer, when your feet are warmer they can retain more fluid, increasing the feet by up to one full size. Which means you could be wearing a shoe that is essentially a size too small!

How to help this blisters from forming?

Footwear

draw around your foot on a piece of a4 paper, when standing, you will probably notice that one foot is slightly longer and wider than the other but that is normal. Then place your shoes over that template of the foot and see which bits of the drawn foot, stick out from under your shoe. These are the bits of the feet that are compromised by the shoe and cause the pressure within the space in between the toes.

Lace locking

it is important to lock your laces correctly to prevent the foot slipping forward into the toe box area and receiving pressure from the shoes.

Silopos digi cap sleeves

help reduce the pressure between a couple of toes but any more and it could actually increase the pressure within the toes box and create pressure for the remaining toes

Silicone wedges

custom made by a podiatrist to separate the shoes that are struggling with interdigital pressure.

Injinji socks

Are perfect for blisters in-between the toes, especially for people who struggle with multiple toe blisters. The socks absorb the friction and therefore reduces the shear and then the blister formation.

Alpaca wool

Is extremely soft and has no lanolin content, weave the wool around the toes, in a figure of eight fashion and then put your sock on, it works really well at helping prevent these blisters. Just remember to remove it at the end of the day and replace with another strip. Do not use on broken skin or wrap it around a toe

Taping of the toes

taping is tricky to do yourself but like everything else it gets easier the more you do it. It is very important that there are no creases in the tape as that in itself can cause blisters! and the type of tape, the rigid tapes disperse the shear more but creases easily so we prefer hyperfix, which is a medical tape podiatrists use all the time as we can manipulate the tape with minimal creasing. Kt pro and Kt blister tape can be used but it is firmer and less easy to use than hypafix.