Jan 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm #1297774
@dparkLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Does moleskin have any advantage over leukotape?Jan 8, 2013 at 7:02 am #1941767
A roll of Leukotape lasts a LONG time. When I was training to run a 50K ultra trail marathon, I totally depended on this stuff, and it served me well.
Leukotape and a small bottle of Tincture of Benzoin are my "go to" blister prevention and treatment items.
I may drop a card of mole foam in my 1st aid kit just in case things get bad, but I don't bother with the moleskin any longer.Jan 8, 2013 at 7:21 am #1941771
I would be careful putting leukotape on open blisters.. it is extremely sticky stuff so taking it off after might not be very fun. I guess it would be motivation to cover up any hot spots before they got to that point.Jan 8, 2013 at 7:58 am #1941790
@redpointLocale: British Columbia
I have no idea what leukotape is and I've always found moleskin to be useless. In 2004 while breaking-in some *veyr* stiff mountaineering boots, I grabbed some Hypafix tape from my FAK one time and it's now become my go-to blister tape. It's a very thin perforated tape [i.e. breathable, which is the downfall of most tapes] that contours well to your feet etc. If I had an open blister, I'd attach a portion of a Telfa pad first. If applied properly [e.g. for a heel, I'd first apply a 4" piece horizontally along the back of my heel and then another 5-6" vertical piece starting under my heel and terminating on my achilles tendon]. Because it's so thin, you can use larger pieces which puts less strain on the adhesive. Worth a try, I wouldn't use anything else. I'd even apply the tape on the night before I'd leave. Adhesion is best when feet are warm and dry. It's good for first aid too.Jan 8, 2013 at 9:05 am #1941807
@bookLocale: Northern California
For me it's: one of those blister 'band-aids'–which adhere very well to your feet–followed by a leukotape wrap. Even after soaking my feet in a river etc. this combination will usually last for days. For a really painful blister I've even added a molefoam with a diamond cut out of its center and placed over the blister area. Pretty darn effective.Jan 8, 2013 at 10:00 am #1941820
Leuko, if put on well can last over a week while hiking, including bathing.Jan 8, 2013 at 10:56 am #1941842
@awsorensenLocale: South of Forester Pass
Leuko works best as a preventative. You do have to be careful with the longer distances with them. It you have it attached to your toenail, the movement of your toes will pull on the toenail and cause it to blacken.
If you have a full blown blister, don't use Leuko. It will just pull off the skin once you go to take it off.
However, if you take care of your blisters as soon as they go from hot spot to blister, the best thing to do is to drain the blister on the bottom from where gravity will drain it out.
Make sure the hole isn't so tiny that it will heal over quickly.
You than use the Leuko using a piece large enough to cover the blister and enough around the outside as to not come off. But you don’t cover the hole.
You can put something else over the hole to keep it clean as long as it is still able to drain.
Moleskin on the pads of your feet (if they usually blister) covered with a layer of Leuko over them works great as well.Jan 8, 2013 at 11:34 am #1941851
" I have no idea what leukotape is … "
leukotape is that pretty stuff the beach volleyball girls were wearing all over their bodies at the Olympics last summer.Jan 8, 2013 at 11:40 am #1941855
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
That is kinesio tape, it features one way stretch, heat activated adhesive, and a great texture making it suitable for toes and other difficult areas.
Leukotape is no stretch, zinc oxide adhesive. It bonds with skin the best, but is much less forgiving.Jan 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm #1941866
for some reason I thought Leukotape was a specific brand of kinesio.Jan 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm #1942044
@bruckyLocale: Central Cal
So does anybody use kinesio tape for blister prevention/treatment?Jan 9, 2013 at 4:54 am #1942112
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
"So does anybody use kinesio tape for blister prevention/treatment?"
vonHoff does and seems to like it better than LuekotapeJan 9, 2013 at 7:23 am #1942141
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
+1 for what Jake D. said,
"I would be careful putting leukotape on open blisters."
That being said, my method is to use a gauze pad with antibiotic ointment on the side facing the blister. After draining the blister using a sterilized "instrument" I stick the gauze pad in place over the blister using the antibiotic ointment to hold it in place until I can apply the Leukotape over the pad. The tape keeps the pad in place and provides a satifying level of comfort without being overly thick.
IMHO and IME Leukotape stays put a lot longer than one should leave it in place. Blisters should be attended to at the very least "daily" on the trail.
I carry a piece of moleskin in my kit but rarely use it anymore.
NewtonJan 9, 2013 at 10:47 am #1942187
@dbogeyLocale: East Coast
I've found moleskin to be ok but the leukotape is my go to for preventive measures. Did the SHR last year and as soon as a hotspot was noticed I taped with leukotape and put some hydropel over the tape. The leukotape will last a few daysJan 9, 2013 at 10:50 am #1942189
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