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Toe Blister Treatment & Prevention

Toe blister treatment can be tricky. Toes are small, bony and sit close together. They can be bent and twisted, and stiff. They get sweaty, they swell, they rub together and get jammed into the shoe’s toebox… and that’s to mention nothing of the toenail. On top of all this, there’s not a whole lot of room for padding, cushions, wrapping or strapping.

In this article, you’ll discover how to treat blisters on toes in three easy steps.

A typical pinch blister - How would you treat this?
A typical pinch blister – How would you treat this?
Where is your toe blister?
Where is your toe blister?

Step 2: Take a look at your blister roof and treat it accordingly

Is the roof of your toe blister:

  • Intact – Put an island dressing on it.
  • Torn – Apply some antiseptic/antibiotic and cover it with an island dressing.
  • Deroofed – Apply some antiseptic/antibiotic and apply either an island dressing, or a hydrocolloid blister plaster.
The 5 stages of blister development. Use this to help identify the integrity of your blister roof.
The 5 stages of blister development. Use this to help identify the integrity of your blister roof.

Should you pop your toe blister?

It depends! I go into full detail on the pros and cons of popping blisters and the questions to ask yourself to help you make the right decision for your situation. I also show you how to pop your blister painlessly, in case you need a hand with that. Just remember that, once you have lanced your blister, it is now a torn blister, so treat it accordingly.

What about a blood blister on a toe?

Treating a blood blister is no different to treating a normal friction blister. Just be mindful that the fact there is blood, means there is more likelihood of infection. So antiseptic/antibiotic, dressings, dressing changes and monitoring for signs of infection become even more important.

Step 3: Figure out what caused your toe blister so you can implement the right prevention

If you can determine what caused your toe blister, you can implement the correct “blister PREVENTION” methods. This will stop your toe blister from getting worse while it heals, stop it from hurting as it heals, and better still, stop it from coming back again. For example, was your foot sliding forward and jamming your little toes into the end of your toebox? Do your toes bend over so you’re walking on the tip of them instead of the pad of the toe? Or is your toenail thickened and misshapen? This matters!

To get to the bottom of your toe blister, you must stop “stabbing in the dark”. You need to hone in on the specific cause of your blister.

Click on your toe blister location (below) to find out what caused your blister and discover the best prevention strategies:


What’s next?

Looking for toe blister treatment supplies?

Take a look in our store. Hydrocolloid blister plasters, Fixomull tape, Engo patches and more.

Learn more about treating any blister

If you have a history of recurring toe blisters, download the Blueprint today and get a head-start on how you can start preventing them.