I've never messed with tape but I plus Greg's recommendation for the cornhuskers lotion. I've always gotten mine on base something I use on my feet as well to prevent callus tearing during ruck marches and stuff. I think I first heard about that stuff from an article by Coach Burgener years ago.
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
Pain is your companion, don't go hide from it."