Tonya Olson

Tonya Olson

Dr. Tonya Olson, MSPT, DPT
Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Certified Manual Physical Therapist

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Let‘s talk about proper taping for blisters, blister and maceration prevention.

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The Army‘s adage „Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance“ is applicable with regard to taping feet.

Proper supplies and preparation of the skin are the main variables that determine whether tape stays on for 45+ miles through rivers and challenging terrain, or falls apart and creates more problems than it prevents.

A basic footcare kit should contain:

Hand towel-to wipe of the worst of the dirt, grime

Alcohol wipes or hand sanitizer & 2 x 2 gauze pads to clean the foots‘ surface.

Hand sanitizer and gauze pads are more versatile and economical than packaged alcohol wipes.

Tincture of benzoin-this makes the skin tacky and the tape to Stick!!!

Cuticle scissors-for cutting the tape around toes

Trauma shears or teflon-coated scissors to cut the kinesiology-tape.

Desitin/zinc oxide-maximum strength to put on the roof of blisters to protect from the tape. **not ideal to smear all over the foot**

#11 scalpel, nail clippers, or safety pin to puncture/drain blisters

Hydrophobic lubricant such as Trail Toes, Run Goo, Squirrel‘s Nut Butter to stave off maceration, reduce shearing.

Powder-to control moisture, reduce shear, powder will interfere with tape adhesive less than lubricant

Kinesiology-type tape with two-way stretch: Lots of options-Kinesiology tape, Theraband, Rock, K-tape…

Leukotape-no stretch, strong adhesive, modern-day duct tape! Ideal for when you need more burly tape and/or to provide tape. Good for ankle sprains, repairing toebox blowouts, etc.

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