How to stop blisters and bruises?

megamind

Hall of Fame
My feet don’t feel good after tennis matches. My toenails get bruised, and my feet get blisters.

using adidas barricade shoes with stance basketball socks at the moment (also tried feetures earlier)

what can i do to protect my feet?
 

blablavla

Legend
My feet don’t feel good after tennis matches. My toenails get bruised, and my feet get blisters.

using adidas barricade shoes with stance basketball socks at the moment (also tried feetures earlier)

what can i do to protect my feet?
I have less blisters when I'm using tennis cushioning socks.
Most blisters in 100% cotton socks.

In case if shoes matter, mostly I play in Asics GR7, but as well regularly in Asics Court FF
though, I noticed biggest correlation between socks & blisters.
 

TypeRx

Semi-Pro
If your toenails are getting bruised/damage, you probably need a better fitting shoe. I have narrow feet and I think the Barricade's simply had too large of a toe box for me...used them for 4-6 months and completely wrecked my feet (lost 4 toenails and completely hammered one). I switched to Asics Court FFs and the issue immediately resolved (of course the nail bed healing takes months though).

For blisters, it is usually caused by heat, moisture, and friction. You want to make sure you have very good socks that wick moisture away as well as provide a gliding surface between the insole and your foot. Make sure you insole is in good shape. Stance socks are usually decent but you may want to try some different ones and see (I like Thorlo's Edge socks). Also consider a drying foot spray (Arm&Hammer, etc.) and make sure to get those socks off of your feet as quickly as possible after you finish playing. A better fitting shoe will also help.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
If your toenails are getting bruised/damage, you probably need a better fitting shoe. I have narrow feet and I think the Barricade's simply had too large of a toe box for me...used them for 4-6 months and completely wrecked my feet (lost 4 toenails and completely hammered one). I switched to Asics Court FFs and the issue immediately resolved (of course the nail bed healing takes months though).

For blisters, it is usually caused by heat, moisture, and friction. You want to make sure you have very good socks that wick moisture away as well as provide a gliding surface between the insole and your foot. Make sure you insole is in good shape. Stance socks are usually decent but you may want to try some different ones and see (I like Thorlo's Edge socks). Also consider a drying foot spray (Arm&Hammer, etc.) and make sure to get those socks off of your feet as quickly as possible after you finish playing. A better fitting shoe will also help.
I really like that shoe as well. I bought a couple pairs of the Novak ones and I have to say, they were well worth the investment. A little more than I was willing to spend around 100-130, but they will most likely be my go to shoe moving forward. They did a good job of blending support and stability into a shoe that doesn't feel too blocky/heavy.
 

Brandwun

New User
Along with the rest of the suggestions in the thread, I've found heel lock lacing to make a big difference in blisters after tennis matches. Feet slide around a lot less in the shoe.

 

megamind

Hall of Fame
Along with the rest of the suggestions in the thread, I've found heel lock lacing to make a big difference in blisters after tennis matches. Feet slide around a lot less in the shoe.

my running shoes have that, but my tennis shoes don't

if i get some new tennis shoes, i'll make sure to try that out

thanks for mentioning it!
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
my running shoes have that, but my tennis shoes don't

if i get some new tennis shoes, i'll make sure to try that out

thanks for mentioning it!
Although the ideal is to have the extra pair of holes, you can lock your laces just by doing the same thing using the last two sets of normal holes.

I've done it many times before and it's still a massive improvement.
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
My feet don’t feel good after tennis matches. My toenails get bruised, and my feet get blisters.

using adidas barricade shoes with stance basketball socks at the moment (also tried feetures earlier)

what can i do to protect my feet?
If your toenails get bruised, your shoes are either too small, not suited to your foot or deformed beyond usefulness.
 

Dan Huben

Semi-Pro
Note that natural fiber socks eventually wear and breakdown. Artificial socks lose the softer fibers until you’re playing on poly only.


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bigdaddyps

Semi-Pro
Here’s a simple way to avoid foot issues. Throw your tennis equipment away and take up parcheesi.
I guarandamntee no blisters, no corns, no bruises.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Almost everything we do in tennis is trial and error. What works for one person may not work for another. I wear Nike Cage 3’s and wear the Nike tennis essentials sock. Even with all this foot protection, I still sometime have sore feet and even blisters from time to time. Playing tennis for hours is NOT natural for our bodies. There will be a consequence or some residual pain/symptoms from this action. The best thing you can do is find a shoe and sock combination that reduces the the damage. Take suggestions and see what works best for you. I don’t think there is anyone (pros included) that walks off the courts without feeling the affects of starting, stopping, jumping, etc from playing tennis.

Taking your shoes off immediately after a match, and only playing in your tennis shoes helps also. One more thing, rotating shoes, hopefully you have a second pair also increases the shelf life thereby increasing the quality of the shoes performance.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
when ive had blisters and “tennis toe” (big toe slamming into the toebox and getting bruised), the problem has only been fixed by changing the type and/or size of shoes. wish the answer was cheaper. the toe is spared by going up a half size, but my last pair that gave me heel blisters got chunked in the trash.

wear good socks too, but i suspect youre already doing that.
 

Sardines

Professional
My feet don’t feel good after tennis matches. My toenails get bruised, and my feet get blisters.

using adidas barricade shoes with stance basketball socks at the moment (also tried feetures earlier)

what can i do to protect my feet?
How often do you play and at what level? Blisters, calluses/corns and banged up toe nails are common ailments of playing hard tennis, especially on hard courts where sharp changes of direction are jarring. I wear 2 pairs of socks for non-competition days, which is 90% of my court time, and change often, especially in humid conditions. Proper fitting shoes and lacing are essential to minimize the damage, but it's unfortunately more common than you'd imagine!
 
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megamind

Hall of Fame
How often do you play and at what level? Blisters, calluses/corns and banged up toe nails are common ailments of playing hard tennis, especially on hard courts where sharp changes of direction at jarring. I wear 2 pairs of socks for non-competition days, which is 90% of my court time, and change often, especially in humid conditions. Proper fitting shoes and lacing are essential to minimize the damage, but it's unfortunately more common than you'd imagine!
2-3 times a week (usually 1 of those times is rally practice or a tennis lesson, and the other 1-2 times are best out of 3 matches at 4.0 level)

My feet get roughed up after matches, my rally days aren’t as intense
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
I am constantly amazed by reading the opinions of people that would stick to one brand, would talk about one brand, would recommend one brand and would fight anyone that would say something different, just because they are attached emotionally or otherwise to it. Don't those people understand that they are ruining their health and probably the health of others by giving them stupid suggestions? In this time and age, where one can order different things, try them on and return what doesn't fit, it is a crime to not go out with the intention to find out what works best for one's feet.

The most common mistake I see is people that buy shoes that are too tight at the front.

Rotating shoes will not increase the quality of the performance. What it will do is to reduce the negative side effects of wearing the shoes out too fast, which comes with risks of not noticing that the shoes need to be changed before it is too late. Nowadays the tennis shoes are not made of natural materials that need days to get dry, so that doesn't factor in the equation (it used to be different, especially with high quality shoes made of expensive leathers like kangaroo).

:cool:
Yea, I think that’s my problem

My shoes are too tight at the front IF I wear good, thick socks

but if I don’t wear good socks I get blisters, but then when I do wear them, it gets tight at the front of my left foot, so my toes get bruised

i think i need to get some new shoes, and try them on with good socks
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
Thanks for all your suggestions so far, everyone!

i’m thinking of copping asics court ff, gonna try to go to my local tennis store to try them on this weekend whilst wearing thick socks
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I am constantly amazed by reading the opinions of people that would stick to one brand, would talk about one brand, would recommend one brand and would fight anyone that would say something different, just because they are attached emotionally or otherwise to it. Don't those people understand that they are ruining their health and probably the health of others by giving them stupid suggestions? In this time and age, where one can order different things, try them on and return what doesn't fit, it is a crime to not go out with the intention to find out what works best for one's feet.

The most common mistake I see is people that buy shoes that are too tight at the front.

Rotating shoes will not increase the quality of the performance. What it will do is to reduce the negative side effects of wearing the shoes out too fast, which comes with risks of not noticing that the shoes need to be changed before it is too late. Nowadays the tennis shoes are not made of natural materials that need days to get dry, so that doesn't factor in the equation (it used to be different, especially with high quality shoes made of expensive leathers like kangaroo).

:cool:

I take issue with your response. We're ALL entitled to our opinions, this board is full of them. I NEVER suggested that Nike was the end all be all, only that this is the brand that I used. I suggested it as an option to the OP not as Nike being the holy grail of tennis apparel. If you had actually read my post instead of being so quickly to call me out, you would have saw that my first sentence was tennis is trial and error. That trial and error applies to many things, including trying different brands and finding what works best for the individual. BTW, rotating shoes increases the shelf life of a shoe, which to me increase it's ability to perform as it should. It never ceases to amaze me how many people on this message board get such a joy of proving others wrong or contradicting another member's opinion.
 

Sardines

Professional
2-3 times a week (usually 1 of those times is rally practice or a tennis lesson, and the other 1-2 times are best out of 3 matches at 4.0 level)

My feet get roughed up after matches, my rally days aren’t as intense
Do you feel movement in the shoe when you play hard? The heel lock method and just securing the laces properly will help with too much forward motion of the foot. 2 pairs of socks may also help fill the toe section, if there's too much space. Alternatively, thicker custom insoles may also help with the fit. Really depends on the fit of your shoe. Seems to me your issue is just too much foot movement in the shoe. Could be your Barricade is too long for you, or the toe area is too big. Try the lock heel tying and wearing 2 pairs of socks. The other issue is the Barricade has a pronounced curve on the outside of the shoe. So if your foot is straighter, your outside does could be hitting the shoe regardless of fit. That's the reason I left Adidas until the Ubersonic 3. Too much curvature on the outside of the toe area.
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Thanks for all your suggestions so far, everyone!

i’m thinking of copping asics court ff, gonna try to go to my local tennis store to try them on this weekend whilst wearing thick socks
Try asics gel dedicate 6. They're cheap and super comfy for wide foot.
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
OP, buy shoes that a tight at the heel and midfoot and wider at the toes. Wear thick socks. After you are finished playing change immediately and let your feet breathe.

I laugh when people that brag about what best shoes they have bought, praising their fit, then accidentally show their toenails that are all broken and deformed from being smashed into the shoes they wear.

Your toenails (nor pinkies) shouldn't feel any substantial pressure from the shoes when moving sideways.

:cool:
often times, its not the sideways movement, but vertical movement, running to reach a drop shot, and perhaps my feet might slam too hard into the ground, as I try to reach it
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
Ended up copping gel resolution 7s on a good discount

they fit better than my barricades, hopefully they feel better after matches too
 
This is a rather simple fix. The answer is to wear two pairs of socks....always. I have worn two pairs of socks every day of my life for the past 24 years, and my feet are immaculate. For tennis in recent years, I've found Stance socks to be game changing. I wear a basic Adidas Climalite sock (like the ones sold in 6-pair packs) as a base-layer, and then a pair of Stance socks on top. The Classic Crew Icon by Stance is a good place to start, as this brand's inventory can be overwhelming. This will work against blisters and bruising - guaranteed,
 
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