Cracked Callus. OMG. Pain!

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  1. SpitFire

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    Title pretty much says it all. I hit with a lot of top-spin, and I have a large callus on my thumb to show for it. Basically the more I play, the dryer the patch gets to the point where it cracks open and is canyon of exposed pain.

    I try to wrap it with tape, but it slips and slides off during a match, so it's no use. I've also been moisturizing it with lotion. It seems to help, but I have to do it EVERYDAY for it to help.

    This is what it looks like.[​IMG]

    Basically, I just wanted to wine and moan. Hopefully someone feels my pain and can relate. (I'm typing this wearing a latex glove filled with petroleum jelly) :cry:
     
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  2. LeeD

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    yes, it hurts...
    Moisturizer twice a day, every day... some keep it wrapped and lubed....
    You don't want to break a tib/fib, shatter an ankle socket, or shred your fingers so 4 pins are needed in ring and pinkie, I tell you.
     
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  3. Sumo

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    What does your ankle injury have to do with his thumb?
     
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  4. tennytive

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    If it hasn't opened too far, try some NuSkin liquid bandage. I've used that many times.

    You might also try taping several layers over your thumb on both sides of the callus enough so the racket doesn't touch the affected area. The tape should hold since it isn't on the joint and let air at the callus for faster healing.
     
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  5. Mike2228

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    I can relate. When I use to play baseball I pitched. I would get blisters on the middle finger of my throwing arm. It sucked.
     
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  6. El Diablo

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    "Hopefully someone feels my pain"....what generosity of spirit!!
     
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  7. MAX PLY

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    Gee, you are almost as tough as Ronnie Lott.:twisted:
     
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  8. jpr

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    happens often in winter

    best remedy =

    when playing - use super glue to close the crack. will sting but best solution vs bandage or NuSkin

    after playing - moisturize

    caution - never try to sand off the a callus in this spot...will cause it to split easier. i learned the hard way
     
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  9. SpitFire

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    You sound like my hitting partner.
     
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  10. LuckyR

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    The problem is resplitting the callus due to the "valley" that has been created. I have had good luck shaving (sanding) off the callus near the split so it is as thin a regular skin and it heals way, way faster.

    Good luck.
     
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  11. axel89

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    happens to me too change your grip
     
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  12. Relinquis

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    don't use superglue...

    disinfect it and give it a rest until it heals.

    after it heals:
    - moisturise every day.
    - use a bandaid + tape when playing. if it works for nadal, i'm sure it can work for you.
    - Maybe use a different overgrip.
     
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  13. hifi heretic

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    I disagree.

    My cracks look EXACTLY like this; I asked my dermatologist about them and he recommended I use Superglue to close them. It works great! I did ask, "..isn't it going to get into my bloodstream?" He smiled and assured me it certainly would not. But he did say it's important to get plain crazy glue which is very thin cyanoacrylate, rather than the slow curing versions or Gorilla glue, all of which has been thickened w/ other ingredients. The original "crazy glue" is what I use. ..It burns a little, but no more than alcohol or peroxide. Before applying it I try to first squeeze the the two sides together then add drop of glue. ..Be careful, it's easy to get a bunch of fingers stuck together. While I don't apply it too liberally, I do allow some to spread to the surrounding area. It works great! I reapply before playing again. It eventually flakes off (often after showering), but it's quite effective.

    Earlier this year I had a nasty crack on the tip of a finger that began as tiny pin-head sized crack while warming up, then, a few games into the first set, it grew to 1/4" and was so deep that my hand bled quite badly (all over my white shorts, quite an unexpected sight on a tennis court). For such a non-serious nothing kinda injury it was quite painful. The best I could do was wrap it with band-aids until the match was over. I then went home, cleaned and dried it, then crazy glued it; I was able to play the next morning with out it reopening.
     
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  14. Chas Tennis

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    I can't see the thickness of the callus. Are you certain it is a callus?

    But the cracked skin resembles the eczema that I get on two fingers and occasionally on my thumb. The skin gets dry and occasionally cracks.
    If I use a prescribed cortisone cream for a week it goes away for a week - ugh! Eczema is an allergic condition and is not contagious. Trouble is that it is hard to get rid of............

    Search: eczema
     
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    Totally certain. I've shaved it down with a pumice stone for a couple weeks now and it's somewhat under control. Basically, it's a matter of dealing with it when it cracks open, and preventing it (shaving & moisturizing). Right now it's a little sensitive to the touch "under" the callus, but I'm back to being game-ready after taking a few days off to let it heal.

    Funny enough, I have 3 rolls of the stuff in my gym workout bag, my work bag, and my tournament bag. The stuff just isn't quite tacky enough for me. I found it helps to take some medical tape and wrap it for good measure, but it slips right off my fingers in game-play.
     
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  17. OHBH

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    Well if that stuff comes off you either
    1. must have really sweaty hands and/or very humid environment
    2. racket grip size is too small and twisting out of hand
    3. holding the racket incorrectly
     
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  18. hifi heretic

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    Not true... ..Neither of those three apply to me yet that spongy tape does not work for me either - particularly for skin splits on the thumb or forefinger.

    To the OP, have you tried cyanoacrylate glue (aka Crazy Glue) as I suggested?? ..Do understand that this glue is used these days by surgeons for various kind of closures.
     
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  19. charliefedererer

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    There are two potential problems with superglue:

    1. If any glue gets into the crack, it will serve as barrier between the two edges of skin, preventing them from healing together.

    2. If any glue gets to the bottom of the crack, it will kill the cells at the bottom that would have done the healing.
     
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  20. hifi heretic

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    I think my dermatologist (board certified, UPENN trained) would be aware these issues if they indeed prevented the injury from healing.
     
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  21. cluckcluck

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    Try a different grip/overgrip. If you're using a dry overgrip (like Tourna original), the dry rubbing will cause it to break over time. Use something with a little more cushion and tac.
     
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