There are some sports where foot blisters are especially common.
Tennis is one of them!
“Foot injuries, especially blisters, are definitely one of the most common injuries on tour,” said Kathleen Stroia, the WTA’s vice president for sport sciences and medicine.
Juan Carlos Ferrero, for example, was in the middle of a set this week when he could no longer stand the pain he felt inside his right shoe.
A physical therapist with the ATP made his way to the Armstrong stadium court and removed the shoe, revealing the real culprit: a blister-causing callus on the big toe.”
Foot blisters in tennis a big problem
“Ferrero was not alone. Rafael Nadal needed on-court attention for blisters in his third-round match against David Nalbandian, and so did top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who also received attention for his right big toe against Tipsarevic in his quarterfinal victory. Eva Scheumann, a physical therapist with the WTA, said several women had also been treated for foot blisters.”
“It’s painful, really painful,” said Jim Courier, a former world No. 1 and 1991 Open finalist who would go through as many as five pairs of shoes in a tournament. “It was painful in the ’90s; now, nearly 20 years later, the amount of sliding on hardcourts that these players do is something that’s foreign to me. Players these days are moving faster, they’re stopping faster, and that’s putting more pressure on their feet.”
Think blisters are a minor inconvenience?
There's no doubt, in tennis foot blisters are a significant problem. The duration of the games, the extreme accelerations and decelerations and the constant changes of direction all amount to huge potential for blister-causing shear.
Written by Rebecca Rushton
Rebecca is an Australian podiatrist with over 20 years experience. She has spent a lifetime dealing with her own blister prone feet in her sporting and everyday life. Rebecca specialises in helping athletes and sports medicine professionals figure out how to manage foot blisters with ease. And for kicks, she enjoys providing blister care at multiday ultramarathon events.
Rebecca is the founder of Blister Prevention and author of both "The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters" and "The Advanced Guide to Blister Prevention".