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Big Toe blister from running.


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The outside of my big toe has formed a blister.  The toe is already calloused so it formed under the callous.  I  used toe nail clipper to cut it and drain it because you could tell it was filled with a lot of blood and I needed some relief so I could walk.

 

Should I start wrapping it with something for my runs?  I would think a band-aid would move and cause more rubbing.  Maybe just a piece of medical tape?  Should I just leave it and let the callous form so it will stop blistering?

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You need different likely bigger shoes

Original Post by baltimoreamt:

You need different likely bigger shoes

even though it's only one toe?  And I've been using them for a while with no problems.  This didn't start until I started running outside.

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by baltimoreamt:

You need different likely bigger shoes

even though it's only one toe?  And I've been using them for a while with no problems.  This didn't start until I started running outside.

Well, you failed to mention that in your original post, which might have helped because my first reaction was also "insufficient room in the toebox."

Running outside can have different mechanics than running on a treadmill.  I prefer outside runs because I don't feel as constricted and restricted like I am on a treadmill, and I subconsciously alter my gait and footfalls.

That, and staring at a blank wall for 20-30 minutes is not my idea of fun, nor is that sensation that's akin to stepping onto land after a few hours on a boat! Smile

Either way, if the sides of your toes are getting rubbed by your shoes, your shoes are likely too small, even if they're "your" size.  I got fitted for a new pair of shoes at a running shop and while I wear 9s in daily life, the runners I got are 10½!  My heel still fits into the heel cup if I tie the shoes properly, but MAN there's a lot of room in the toebox!

 

The shoes that you've been using might also be starting to wear out, but I agree with weirdfish, it's probably the difference between treadmill and outside. 

A dude where I bought my running shoes (after telling me the other dude never should have put me in them ;/) unlaced them and relaced starting at the second hole so the toe area stayed wider when laced up. That and an insert let me use them for several more months. You could try it.

Original Post by weirdfish:

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by baltimoreamt:

You need different likely bigger shoes

even though it's only one toe?  And I've been using them for a while with no problems.  This didn't start until I started running outside.

Well, you failed to mention that in your original post, which might have helped because my first reaction was also "insufficient room in the toebox."

Running outside can have different mechanics than running on a treadmill.  I prefer outside runs because I don't feel as constricted and restricted like I am on a treadmill, and I subconsciously alter my gait and footfalls.

That, and staring at a blank wall for 20-30 minutes is not my idea of fun, nor is that sensation that's akin to stepping onto land after a few hours on a boat!

Either way, if the sides of your toes are getting rubbed by your shoes, your shoes are likely too small, even if they're "your" size.  I got fitted for a new pair of shoes at a running shop and while I wear 9s in daily life, the runners I got are 10½!  My heel still fits into the heel cup if I tie the shoes properly, but MAN there's a lot of room in the toebox!

 

Whoopsy.... yeah that probably would have helped.

It probably is time for a new pair of shoes...  It's just really bad timing and I hate to fork out the money right now when other than this one spot on my damn toe, I really like the shoes I'm in.

Balls.

Original Post by immabee:

The shoes that you've been using might also be starting to wear out, but I agree with weirdfish, it's probably the difference between treadmill and outside. 

A dude where I bought my running shoes (after telling me the other dude never should have put me in them ;/) unlaced them and relaced starting at the second hole so the toe area stayed wider when laced up. That and an insert let me use them for several more months. You could try it.

That's a smart idea.  I always struggle with the toe box in my shoes anyway....I have wide toes and narrow heels... that's why I liked the ones I was running in... they were pretty wide.  Maybe I'll try relacing them to see if it helps at all just to get by a little longer.

Milk it, dem things ain't cheap!

I let a comment in your J. what kind of shoes are you wearing now? I LOVE Mizuno running shoes... you can always score great deals on runningwarehouse.com

Thick callouses cause more problems than they solve: They get so thick that they change the shape of your foot and cause more rubbing than before. They have poor circulation, and can cause heat buildup in the underlying tissue. When you get a blister underneath a thick callous, it is a much more serious thing than a superficial blisters, which heal much more quickly.

Callouses often form in areas that don't even touch your shoe. I get a callous on the side of my big toe from shoes that are too roomy in the toe box, rather than too tight. The same story with the callous that forms on the outside of the heel. Check out the feet of river raft boatmen. They wear sandals every day. They have huge, thick, callouses along the rear edge of their feet, where no footwear ever even touches.

The most problem free feet are "uniformly leathery," without really thick callouses. To achieve that, wear a variety of types of footwear and sand off the thicker callouses.

 

I do also now that running shoes should be bough 1/2 - 1 whole size larger than you normally wear...

stargazer1:

A couple of years ago, I got a rather nasty blister because I wore some new walking shoes for too long of an initial walk.  It was a nuisance for a long time.  I bought a product called "New Skin Liquid Bandage."  I used it for quite some time on my bothersome blister.  I also used wrap and/or band-aids, but they did move around and even come off.  

I felt and feel New Skin is both an excellent closer of skin wounds and a marvelous antiseptic.  I have since used it on cuts on my hands when doing things like trimming branches and pulling weeds, etc.

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