Q+A: I have blisters between my toes. Help!

Q I’ve developed a recurring blister between my big toe and the one next to it. I’ve tried taping up the area and also using petroleum jelly, all to no avail. It’s now making me miss training.

A As you’ve discovered, petroleum jelly is not durable enough to overcome the mechanical stresses that occur between your toes. And while taping didn’t solve your problem anyway, it may also have restricted circulation and the movement of the most important joint for propulsion in the foot.

There may be a number of reasons for your problem, but my first suggestion would be to separate the toes with an ‘inter-digital wedge’. I have treated patients in this way using Ortoform, a putty-like material which dries in minutes into a rubbery, custom-shaped removable insert. It works well, and any good podiatrist should be able to provide this product and mould it for you.

Gareth Bamsey, podiatrist and chiropodist at the Cardiff Foot Clinic