Blisters on the little finger: causes and prevention (2023)

In this article we will focus on blisters on the outside of the pinky toe. Oh the pain when you have to move on - is there anything worse? If pinky toe blisters are a frequent occurrence for you, it's time to stop. First, let's take a close look at the toe shape and then the shoes. A blister on the little finger can result from shoes that are too tight, too narrow, too loose or too stiff. But don't stop there. There are some great preventatives like pads and patches for even the worst recurring pinky blisters.But read this article first if your little blister is under or between your fingers.

In this article, we will cover what I think are the best little toe blister prevention strategies for those blisters on the outside of the little toe. They are:

  • shoe fits
  • recording
  • Gel finger protectors for little fingers
  • ENGO blister patches for blisters on the little finger
  • Operation

Fun Fact: The pinky blisters are OSmost common part of the bladderall over the foot!

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Intact outer blister on little finger

What can cause a blister on the pinky finger?

The predominant cause of external pinky blisters is a curly fifth finger. We actually have a name for these fingers - aductovarus. Look at your little finger - hold it straight. Then fold it. See how there are two joints that stand out? Now grab it with your other hand and twist it so that your nail is under the fourth finger. Look at the joint that sticks out. Imagine if you had to carry a shoe in your hand! This joint will hold! Most notably, the skin covering the protruding joint will cover it and get pinched between a rock and a hard spot (the toe bone and the top of the shoe - ouch!).

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A curly little finger (adductovarus) is often blistered

How to treat and prevent pinky blisters

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My little finger hurts when my shoe presses on it. How can I prevent this?

1) Shoe fit and shoe properties

If you have little toe pain from your shoes, check the following four things about the fit of the shoe.shoe fitsIt is critical for blisters on the outside of the little toe.


The toe of the shoe simply has to adapt to your toes in terms of depth and width. You cannot expect to be pain free or blister free without this important aspect of shoe fit being taken care of. If you're unsure if your toe box is too tight, here's what you can do. First, stand barefoot on a piece of paper. Then draw around the foot so that you have an outline of the foot on the paper. Finally, pull the insole out of the shoe and place it on your tracing. Does your insole cover all pen brands? If you can see the pin, your shoe is too narrow here. Get wider shoes.

heel position

Your heel just needs to sit squarely on the back of the shoe at all times. It should be here. If your shoes are too big or too wide, this can cause your foot to slide forward. In other words, your toes are enclosed in a narrower part of the shoe. To avoid this, tie the laces to keep the heel all the way back (seevideo below). Above all, wear shoes with some kind of “grip”. For example shoelaces, buckles or Velcro. Then tighten them to keep the foot in the correct position. The rubber band can help initially, but as it deteriorates it becomes less effective.

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Superior flexibility

Obviously, shoes with a more flexible upper will help in the little toe area. If you can change something, do it. Butif you can't, all is not lost. I'll show you how to cushion your toe on your own (coming soon).


Notice the stitching on the top of the shoe, right where the pinky toe is. They are common and will make the situation worse. It's difficult to stretch a shoe where there is a seam because you risk tearing the thread. It's best to avoid them altogether.

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The importance of shoe fit cannot be overstated to avoid blisters on the pinky toe.

Unfortunately, despite all of these aspects of shoe fit, external minor toe pain while walking can still occur if the toe is curled. Why? Why don't we fix the root of the problem - the curly toe. This can only really be corrected by surgery. But there are three more things you can try - addressing thePressure, friction and shear contributing to blisters.

2) pre-recording

A simple protective layer in the form of a tape (I haveFixomull Stretchin the video below),Moleskinor an insular bandage (such as Bandaid) may be all you need to prevent and relieve pinky pain, blisters, and swelling. However, it will not be enough for everyone on all occasions. Worth a try. If that's not enough, you can get much better cushioning with our next strategy, gel toe guards.

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3) Gel finger protectors (sleeves and caps)

Gel finger guards are great for small blisters for two reasons:

  • They pad the prominent joints and thus reduce the pressure on the joint.
  • The gel material has excellent shear absorption. Shear forces cause blisters. Therefore, the more shear that occurs within the gel material itself, the less shear that occurs on the pinky toe skin.

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The gel material of the gel cuffs and toe caps isexcellent for absorbing the forces that cause blisters. You just can't get better. watch me demonstrateIn this videoAn underused technique that:

  • First, it prevents protection from building up between your fingers; It is
  • Second, it prevents slipping.

A word of caution with gel finger guards - only use them on intact, blister-free skin. They are a blister prevention, not a treatment. When your skin is weak and oozing, it becomes moist and macerated.

4) Blister Plaster ENGO

An ENGO patch is a great way to cover up rough stitching on your shoe's inner lining. is also theThe best way is to reduce friction. Consider an ENGO blister patch if (this is important):

  • You don't think your pinky is curly, but it still gets blisters.
  • You don't have enough room in your shoe for a gel toe protector.
  • When maceration is a problem.
  • If you already have a blister.

It can be difficult to get all the way down to the toe box to find the blister location. Instead of cutting the shoe in half like I did in the demo below? You'll have to undo the laces to get good access down there. for tips toohow to attach ENGO patches to your shoes, read this guideor watch this video of mineApplication of ENGO patches in all areas of the shoe.

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Placement of the ENGO patch on the shoe upper to protect the little toe

Also keep in mind that shoes with mesh uppers can allow water in from the outside and damage the glue and the patch can come loose. Read more aboutPros and cons of ENGO patches here.

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5) Surgery

Of course, if your little toe is crooked and this is the cause of recurring blisters on the outside of your toe, surgically straightening your toe is a solution. It might sound extreme, and you wouldn't have to have toe surgery whether you want it or not. But I've seen fingers where this is a good option. Consider toe surgery if:

  • Compromising on the fit of the shoe is not an option (maybe your job requires it or it's just a personal choice).
  • There is no space for gel finger guards.
  • You cannot reach your feet to attach or put on the gel toe protectors.
  • Your work or active lifestyle requires significant relief and blisters keep coming back despite your best efforts with all of the above
  • your health allows

Broken little finger?

The little finger is the most commonly broken finger. Fracture of a bone in the toe or dislocation of one of the joints can result in a permanently deformed toe that is prone to blistering. So it makes sense that you do what you can to avoid this.

Most people I see who think they broke their pinky toe have tried to tape it to the next toe. The problem is that it's very painful to do, with all the inflammation and swelling. The tape proves to be a hindrance and is of no use. Most fractures are small (do not go through the bone), so intact bone prevents the finger from bending in unusual positions.


You can only glue your little finger to the next one if it's dislocated. The dislocation usually occurs without breaking a bone. Dislocating your little finger means you've stretched, or perhaps torn, the ligaments that are supposed to hold one bone in line with the next. Your toe could be pointing the wrong way and give you quite a jolt!

After manually straightening the toe, you need to ensure that the toe stays straight while the damaged ligaments heal and return to full strength. It would be best to seek professional advice and treatment regarding this as the toe is in a vulnerable condition and pinching the toe in the wrong position or the wrong way can actually cause the toe to change shape. A period of no-load or crutch-free is ideal to eliminate the potentially destabilizing forces of walking on the injured pinky.


Blisters on the pinky finger usually go away and can become very uncomfortable very quickly. Have you tried any of these options? If you did but it didn't work, try the next one - I've ranked them by effectiveness. You can also use combinations of these strategies. Which one do you choose so you can walk and run without pain in your little finger?

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