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Taping Feet?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Jose, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Jose

    Jose Active Member

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    Have read about using tape for the feet. I thinking they are talking about duct tape and/or masking tape. Anyone have any experience with this? Duct tape is so heavy to carry. Appreciate your information.
     
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    Hi, Jose, I think K-tape may be what they are referencing. It's quite light and flexible. There are tons of youtube tutorials for using K-tape for specific foot/ankle/knee/hamstring etc. issues, as well as for shoulders, back and so on.
     
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    I was really thinking about taping to avoid blisters. Same tape. Have been trying the masking tape and it is amazing how it sticks. Will see how long it holds it's place.
     
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    And it is for preventing blisters, too?
     
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    I guess you could use it for that. It's stretchy and more like a fabric. It would be more expensive than masking tape though.
     
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    Jose, I might be wrong....but I thought they were talking about paper tape, like surgical/medical tape. It is a thin paper tape that you apply to perhaps your toes (where they rub together)or even your ankles where friction could cause blisters. When I used to run (in the old days) ha....I would do that before a race. The tape is not sticky like a bandage, so it would sometimes slide off when sweaty. But it seemed to help me. But I watched the video on that k-tape. Looks pretty cool, might have to try that to maybe stabilize a knee or something.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Jose - Hindsfeet is correct. KT tape is typically used on injuries such as knees, shoulders, quads, arms, etc. I've seen any number of people at the gym or at an athletic competition using this type of tape due to wanting to give greater strength to a particular muscular area.

    For blisters, and there are several other threads on the topic on this Forum, you want to get a small roll of paper tape available at any pharmacy. It works quite effectively on hot spots or developed blisters. As Hindsfeet said, it works very well on the toes to keep them from rubbing together. Since it weighs almost nothing, I keep a small roll of it in my first aid kit all of the time. To date, it's the most effective thing that I've found to take care of blisters after you have opened them up. Buen Camino!
     
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    Well, I was going to add my two cents, but the awesome Wily has the low down, and the fun loving hindsfeet. I have nothing on these two!
     
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    We're bringing paper tape this camino to cover hotspots. Before our last camino, we read that grey duct/duck tape can also be useful. We bought a small roll and brought it with us. My wife had toes that were rubbing against each other, so she placed the grey tape over her toes that that worked quite well.
     
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    What does Vasoline do to your feet? I have blisters already - and haven't left home.
     
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    The info I have is that it let's your feel slide without frictions and thereby prevents blisters. There is supposed to be something else that is called "body glide" I think that works the same. Right everybody????
     
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    Hi Jose

    You're right, in relation to blisters it's all about preventing or reducing friction. People use all kinds of methods. For me I use a combination of superwool socks and Bodyglide (on my toes and ankles) and of course correctly fitted shoes. To date I haven't had a single blister while using them.

    I also try to make sure to give my feet a break at least once a day by taking of my shoes and socks and sometimes changing the socks (though since using the superwool socks and bodyglide this has been less of an issue).

    The problem I found with Vaseline is that it tends to slide off your feet, when they get sweaty, and bunch in the corner of your socks leaving you with a kind of jelly glob in the corner...not desirable at all.

    I haven't tried the taping so can't comment.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Jose - Let me second what Greg said. Bodyglide is a better product than vaseline. It comes in a stick container like a deodorant. In the mornings, it's as simple as giving your toes and feet a swipe before putting on your socks. Mid-way through our daily hike, we, too, would take off the shoes and socks and air out the feet (why not while enjoying a nice cafe con leche). You might also think about changing into a dry pair of socks at this point. Reapply Bodeglide and you're good to go. Proper foot care is so important to keeping your feet feeling good which will significantly add to staying comfortable during your Camino. Although I picked up my Bodyglide online, I now see stores even like Walmart selling it. It's a good investment!
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I purchased Body glide and will give it a whirl.
     
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    I use the paper tape from chemists. Wrap around the ball of the foot, and sometimes around my heel.
    tip.
    if you have hairy feet, or toes, shave them first.
     
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    Thanks, Greg. Great advice.
     
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    Hahaha...have tried the paper tape and you are right shaving before hand would be smart!
     
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    Having trouble finding it in Mexico. Will be in New Mexico in a few weeks and will go looking. Bodyglide! Also luckily there is a good REI there and I think my wonderful new Merril MOABs are the wrong size. How that could happen after trying on stuff for more than hour. But I think I need a whole size larger than normal not half a size even though they are extra wide.
     
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    Thanks, Wily. I am on it and will remember the info about giving your feet a rest!
     
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    I use Vaseline, works great, I coat the bottom of my feet and in between toes and no blisters.
     
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    I am definitely for NO blisters!! Have been through that before. Thanks for the info!
     
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    I used leukotape for prevention of blisters on the AT for the last several years. It's stretchiness allows it to conform nicely to toes, heal ... I carry a couple of strips cut to fit in a baggie, along with a small bottle of tincture of benzoin and qtips cut in half. Benzoin is the yellow sticky stuff medical types use to help bandages stick. Use the qtip to spread it around the area the tape's going on. Let it dry a few minutes. Put the tape on and rub it good to create some heat from the friction. It'll stick for days.
     
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    Sounds good. And carrying some cut to fit pieces is lighter than a whole roll of anything. Thanks!
     
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    Hey Jose - When you get to New Mexico, any of the pharmacies, even the ones in Walmart, will carry paper tape. It's very easy to find. The small roll weighs next to nothing. I put fresh tape on daily. If I were to run out of what I carried, I knew that any Spanish pharmacy also stocked it. As it is easy to find and considering how simple a product it is, it's still one of the most useful and effective items you can carry in your first aid kit. Buen Camino!
     
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    Last September we walked the Camino and duct tape came in very handy for hot spots on your feet. My husband put in on almost daily on his heels. The tape provided a second skin, thus preventing friction. It came off very easy at the end of the day. He helped many people along the way who were having problems with their feet, especially toes.
     
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    Some newbies may be thinking of the very large rolls of duct tape and therefore would not want to carry the extra weight. There are many different sizes available. My wife and I both brought fairly thin rolls which didn't weigh much, but certainly came in handy. Here's a photo of one brand I found on Amazon.
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    You have problems.:rolleyes:
     
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    I have four adult daughters and one wife;) and they have all known me for a long time like forty five years. We were talking about tape at a family gathering recently and the consensuses was from my wife and daughters was that I should use a lot of tape. Mainly across my mouth.
    I do not know what they were getting at.
     
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    As a sports therapist of over 20 years experience, and a regular 20-60kms trail runner I can assure you that blisters are an integral part of The Comino. I am (now) on day 8 (at Najera) and both my feet are so shredded, I will take a couple of days off, for recovery. The protagonists - excessive heat inside footwear due to very high daytime field temperatures (40C); occasional but very rough, sloping terrain; hiking footwear more suited to English autumn or winter hiking; backpack overweight (began at 13kgs for my 80kgs body - should be 10% max); insufficient hydration on early stages. Options: Change socks regularly, Change footwear (my boots are now hiking shoes) Tape (Zinc Oxide) over hotspots, Drink plenty (1 litre water = 1kg) at least 5 litres water / day 80kgs body mass, Take ibuprofen, Use trekking poles. Good luck, as my guess would be an 90% blister outbreak here, on a straw poll of 60 peragrinos. You can mitigate the blister problem, but you cannot avoid it. Buen Camino
     
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