Oct 12, 2013 at 2:47 am #1308638
Derek M.BPL Member
@dmusasheLocale: Pacific Northwest
On my last backpacking trip of about 40 miles, I developed quite bad blisters between my third and fourth toes: specifically, on the inside edge of my fourth toe (my "ring toe"). The two aforementioned toes were rubbing together (they are always sort of stacked up on each other though, I've got weird feet) and this constant friction undoubtedly led to the blisters.
The thing is, I've actually never really gotten blisters here before and I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with blisters like these and how to prevent them? I should note that this wasn't a particularly strenuous hike for me, so the blisters were a bit unexpected.
I was wearing a new style of socks (for me) and a relatively new (but I'd say broken in) pair of trail running shoes, one of which is probably the culprit, but it's hard to say which one.
How long do you all endure blisters before giving up on a given style of shoes or socks? I really like the fit of the shoes otherwise (best heel cup I've ever had) and would hate to see them go over a few blisters.
I've been backpacking in trail runners for years and years, and I've never had this problem before. It's very strange to me. Any input is much appreciated!Oct 12, 2013 at 3:00 am #2033355
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
If your toes were rubbing against each other, that probably means the shoes are too narrow at the front. Wrong shoes for you.
CheersOct 12, 2013 at 4:27 am #2033359
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
I have only had blisters on my toes when hiking on very dusty trail when my feet get covered in grit. In that case I have been able to avoid those blisters by keeping my feet cleaner.Oct 12, 2013 at 5:14 am #2033360
John ZBPL Member
Toe socks might help, since your toes are rubbing against each other.Oct 12, 2013 at 6:50 am #2033370
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I think Roger's idea is good
I have a pair of boots that is too narrow at the front and get blisters on those toes
It's like my feet are more broad at the front but the boots are more pointyOct 12, 2013 at 7:52 am #2033378
Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
if you regularly had troubles with blisters between the toes (I did) then I would suggest doing something radical like wearing fivefingers which is the only total solution for me. If this is a new problems that I would agree with the others that your new trail runners are too narrow in the toe. Either swap them out now, or live with them and work at preventing blistering using some combination of toe socks or taping.
–markOct 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #2033421
Todd TBPL Member
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
Yes, narrow toed shoes can do it, but I've more often had trouble with socks that are too tight. They hold your toes together, won't let them splay out like they're supposed to. I've experienced this both hiking and playing basketball.
You mentioned new socks, so that's my guess as to the problem.Oct 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #2033423
Eventually the areas that blister will be tougher up after they heal, so I wouldnt think you would give up on any footwear/sock just because you got a few blisters.
By constantly playing musical footwear as some do in the elusive pursuit of perfection, perhaps feet never get the chance to adapt, always being bombarded in a different way, resulting in blisters in different places?
Just a thought.
Taping etc will help prevent, but doesnt do anything to develop resistance to it.
I am a believer in THIN light socks, the thinnest you can find, coupled with light breathable footwear.
I think the tight weave and no pile of thin socks allow them to slide around a bit inside shoes better than a coarser weave/pile does.
It does sound like you may need more toe room though.Oct 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm #2033518
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Injinji.Oct 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm #2033519
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I was just about to recommend toe socks as well.
They seem to help a lot of people will blister issues.Oct 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm #2033521
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
I had a similar experience once. The problem was one of my toe nails was a bit long and the sharp corner was digging into the next toe. I trimmed the edge of that toenail and the problem went away.
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