Hate to say this, but for the first time in my tennis career, I am a victim of a foot blister. I made it to the semis of my local USTA tournament and lost to someone who I would normally beat pretty easily. But my right foot hurt the entire time so I was very ginger with it. I couldn't put any pressure on the ball of my foot, so I couldn't really load my weight into my right foot... therefore my shots were significantly weaker than normal
Actually, it's a good thing that I lost. If I had won, I would have had to play again later on in the day for the final. When I got home from the match, I took my shoe off to see a huge red blood blister the size of a silver dollar. Needless to say I couldn't even walk on it, so I would have had to forefeit the match had I won my semi-final match.
I always just wear one pair of socks.
So anyway my point is, after reading some past threads on this issue, the general consensus seemed to be to buy a shoe that is .5 size bigger than what you normally wear, and to wear two pairs of socks.
I normally wear an 8.5 US shoe for every day affairs. For tennis, I wear Nike Court Ballistec 4.3 in a size 8.5 as well. Should I try a size 9 with two pairs of socks?
I like the Ballistec because it has a very durable sole. Last year, I bought a new pair and wore through them within 6 months, earning me a free pair of shoes for the warranty. I fear anything less than the court ballistec won't last longer than 2 months with me.
I am also happy with the performance and comfort of the shoe, so I'm not necessarily looking to buy something different. I guess I'm just wondering if this is just the wrong size.
Man up and play through the pain
If it's never happened before, don't worry about it. Could have just been bad luck.
You could also use the old cowboy trick of wearing the short women's hosiery under your socks. Provides protection without the bulk.
Make sure your shoes fit correctly. There should be roughly a thumb nail's width of space at the end. Don't wear shoes that are too tight. I used to struggle with bruised toe nails and now my feet are much happier because I have been wearing two pairs of socks. I can't go back to wearing one pair. IMO, if you can't fit two pairs of socks in your tennis shoes, you are probably wearing a half size too small.
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