Anything I can do to protect my thumb?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Mike Y, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Mike Y

    Mike Y Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2011
    Messages:
    182
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I have a small but annoying issue. Every time I play tennis my racket grip rubs against the inside of my thumb, making it dry and eventually leads to cracked skin on my thumb. I try to moisturize it as much as I can, but I play 3-4 times a week and I can never get it to fully heal and it just gets worse, and somewhat painful. Is there any sort of tape I can use that will protect my thumb, but also won't fall off, or mess with how I grip my racket? Any suggestions for brands/types of tape?
     
    #1
  2. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    14,330
    http://www.coverallsale.com/DJXG70154.jpg
     
    #2
  3. tennytive

    tennytive Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    731
    I have the same issue, but it lessens after a while to become more calloused instead of cracked or painful.

    I tried taping, but that didn't really help cuz I'm too lazy to do it each time I play. Also taping the joint puts too much stress on the tape and it loosens almost immediately. Better to tape on each side of the joint if you choose that route. Otherwise a racquetball glove will protect your hand but may take away your feel on shots if you're that sensitive.

    I use lotion at night and an emery board to sand rough areas if it gets too bad, but mostly I just live with it.
     
    #3
  4. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    14,330
    Have you tried various overgrips to find one easier on your skin?
     
    #4
  5. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Messages:
    5,639
    Do you do off court training with dumbbells, barbells, a hand gripper, a Theraband Flexbar, elastic tubing, or jumping rope? All of these involve some friction at the thumb, and may "toughen" the skin in this area so you will not develop blisters playing tennis.


    Do you use a racquet that is head heavy? This may create more of a fulcrum at your hand, leading to more pressure at your thumb, and hence your blisters.
     
    #5
  6. Fee

    Fee Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    7,299
    Location:
    In front of my computer, obviously
    sticky moleskin?
     
    #6
  7. Mike Y

    Mike Y Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2011
    Messages:
    182
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I lift weights, but I don't think that uses the same area of the thumb. I don't know if my racquet is head heavy, I am not really an equipment person, and I don't even really know what that means, lol.

    Anyone have any suggestions for this? I tried athletic tape today, but it is too thick and I don't have the same feel on my racket with it on. A band-aid works, but it falls off after awhile.
     
    #7
  8. tennytive

    tennytive Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    731
    I have. Tournagrip, Tournatac, Prince, Super Grap and Wilson Pro overgrips. I've settled on the last two. Wilson Pro black is the easiest on my skin.

    I use a pistol grip. That may have something to do with it, but like I said, it's minor now that I've been playing a couple months and built it up a little.

    OP: Maybe you might try a synthetic grip if you don't already use one.
     
    #8
  9. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    #9
  10. jimanuel12

    jimanuel12 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Messages:
    705
    Location:
    Kentucky
    they deleted our "what do i have to do to get white again" thread.
    it was funny now it is gone:mad:
     
    #10
  11. SoBad

    SoBad Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    8,117
    Location:
    shiran
    papertape from the drugstore - the 1in
     
    #11
  12. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    37,323
    Location:
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Change grip size.
     
    #12
  13. SoBad

    SoBad Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    8,117
    Location:
    shiran
    people get hung up on issues of race and class for some reason
     
    #13
  14. floridatennisdude

    floridatennisdude Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1,976
    I get callus on my thumb as well. I keep a pummus stone in my shower and I rub it over a callus on my palm and thumb. It smooths it out. Just like if you would rub it on wet concrete, kind of. The idea is to shave off the outer layer, but never cut off a callus. They form to protect your skin and cutting them off leaves fresh new skin very vulnerable to damage and infection.
     
    #14
  15. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,114
    That's pretty much the best option. If that doesn't work, you probably won't find anything better (that will actually stay on).
     
    #15
  16. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,114
    Just wrap it looser on the joint. You can wrap it so it allows you to fully flex your finger, but it doesn't fall off.

    After a while you figure out how tight is too tight and how loose is too loose.
     
    #16

Share This Page