Taping for Blister Prevention

The aim of this taping is to protect the areas of the foot which are prone to blisters. Prevention is far better than cure. Shown above is a taping recommended for a full days walking in boots over hills. For lesser events the athlete may decide to only apply tape where they know it will be required.

The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any rehabilitation.

What is Required?

  • A single roll of 2.5cm (1 inch) zinc oxide tape is all that is required.
  • The normal white zinc oxide tape is easily sufficient for most purposes, however for long expeditions in wet conditions I recommend Leukotape P tape 3.8cm. This will stay secure for longer.

The Heel:

  • Apply two or three separate strips of tape across the back of the heel.
  • Do not overlap the tape as this will cause a ridge that might rub, or cause the tape to come away.
  • Do not have any wrinkles or bumps in the tape as these may cause blisters themselves. Make tiny cuts in the tape if needed to allow better fit.

The Instep:

  • As above apply strips of tape along the inside of the foot.
  • Again ensure there are no bubbles or wrinkles.

The Toes:

  • Apply single strips of tape around each toe.
  • Try not to overlap the tape but finish just short of a join.
  • Avoid having the joins in the tape where they might rub, for instance under or between the toes.