These are so common, the little toes get blisters most of the time and usually this is the first one you will get before the other areas follow suit. Footwear is the usual culprit, ie the width of the shoe is too narrow, or your foot increases in size during the day and the laces are not locked correctly.

How to help prevent these blisters

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 if the little toe ( of the drawn foot) sticks out from under your shoe. This is where the toe is compromised by the shoe and causes the pressure on the little toe. Avoid footwear that has a seam that runs over the little toe area, they can be very unforgiving and cause an increase of pressure.

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 every time you take a step.

Silopos gel Digi caps

help reduce the pressure from the shoe on the skin of the little toe

Engo patches

on the inside of the shoe to decrease the friction from the shoe, undo the laces of the shoe to gain better access to that area and apply to the inside of the shoe minimising creasing of the patch. If you are using these on shoes that are going to get wet all the time, then bear in mind they won’t last as long as the adhesive will lose its effectiveness.

2toms blistershield powder

2toms blister shield powder which will also help reduce the friction levels on the skin.

Taping

Taping for the little toe is easy to do and if placed correctly, will be very successful an application of deflective padding will also prevent pressure on that area, if this a repeating blister location

Alpaca wool

can be placed on the outside of the little toe, like a nest next to the sock but it cannot be placed around the little toe.