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I recently had a small cyst removed from one of my toes, being diabetic I have to take good care of my feet so while I was waiting for this to be done my doctor suggested I should use something to protect the cyst from rubbing on my shoes and lessen the chance of it getting infected. I tried plasters but they only seemed to make the cyst more painful than it was so I decided to try some Toe Foam which I bought from my local Superdrug.
The Toe Foam is sold in a box similar to a box of plasters, its a small white card box which shows the Superdrug logo on the front, a small star, and has an outline of a foot on the front in bright pink. The front of the box also informs the customer that this is Toe Foam and is Tubular foam for toes and fingers which will relieve pressure and friction, is ideal to protect sore spots and is also reusable.
The back of the box gives a small statement about the toe foam stating it is made from medical grade foam and has a 100% cotton lining. The directions for use are also on the back of the box along with a care and safety section.
Inside the box there are 2 foam tubes, one small and one large, they are both 10cm's in length and the smaller one is approximately 2cm's wide and the larger one approximately 2.5 cm's. To be honest the toe foam looks just like regular foam in a flesh colour, the cotton inside is white and quite soft.
To use the foam you just chose the best size for your toe or finger and cut it to the length you need with a clean pair of scissors, this is very easy to do and shouldn't present a problem to most people. Once cut to size you simply slip the foam tube over your toe or finger, in my case toe, and that's it.
I chose the smaller foam tube for my toe and found I could get 3 toe protectors from the one tube. I slipped the foam over the affected toe and wondered how on earth I was going to be able to wear any shoes. The actual foam is roughly 1cm deep and although this doesn't sound much when wrapped around the toe it feels quite bulky.
I put my tights on, they helped to keep the foam in place, and popped my shoes on. I found once in my shoe the foam did squash down a little making it easier to wear them but it still protected my toe with a nice amount of padding.
As the day wore on I actually forgot about the foam and I didn't get any pain from the cyst which was good. I found by the end of the day the foam tube was quite squashed but as they are reusable I washed it in hot water and it more or less returned to its original shape.
As I mentioned I bought my Toe Foam from my local Superdrug where it cost £1.99, although this seems quite expensive for what you actually get in the box in my personal opinion its well worth the money.
I had to use the Toe Foam for approximately 2 weeks and I found it to be comfortable inside my shoes and it prevented any rubbing on the cyst.
If you find yourself in need of this type of product I would certainly recommend the Toe Foam from Superdrug,