recurring problems with skin on the bottom of my feet when playing tennis

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  1. ryanmm

    ryanmm New User

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    Pretty frequently when I play tennis I have problems with the outer layer of skin tearing off the balls of both my feet. I think what's happening is that my feet just sweat a lot, the skin gets soft, and sloughs off. When it's warm out, or I play singles, or play a lot this tends to happen more often and generally be worse.

    I tried a bunch of things to prevent this from happening...different sorts of wrap and tape, different sorts of socks, different court shoes, foot powder, moleskin, liquid bandages, etc.

    Not sure what else I can do at this point, so I'm wondering if anyone else here has had this problem and if so if you found a solution.
     
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  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Try doubling up your sock and change them every 12 games or so. Your shoes might not provide adaquate support.
     
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  3. movdqa

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    I had this many years ago in the summer. I think that wearing two pairs of socks fixed the problem. I don't recall having the problem in recent years and perhaps losing a lot of weight has something to do with that.
     
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  4. ryanmm

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    I'll try two pairs of socks, hope something that simple could do the trick. Could stand to lose some weight--I'm 6ft3, 210lb.
     
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  5. USS Tang

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    Wear 2 pairs of socks. Thin inner, thick (preferably all-wool) outer.
     
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  6. ryanmm

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    Same thing happened yesterday after playing a couple sets of singles. Was wearing athletic wrap and two pairs of cotton socks.

    Will try USS Tang's suggestion of wool socks and see if that makes a difference.
     
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  7. WildVolley

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    If you can go barefoot a lot, it will toughen the skin on your feet and this would be less likely to happen. The bottom of my feet are sort of leather like from running and walking on concrete and asphalt without shoes.
     
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  8. r2473

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  9. movdqa

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    Couldn't imagine playing tennis in wool socks.
     
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  10. ryanmm

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    Just want to update this as I've resolved it. Have played singles several times since my last post, at least two sets, and no problems. What worked is using two pairs of socks as suggested above, using more foot powder in each sock and in the shoes, and using athletic wrap. All three combined has done the trick.
     
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