By Elizabeth Chaffin and Dr. Alexis Colvin, special to USTA.com
These helpful tips will prevent blisters and keep your feet in top shape no matter how often you hit the court:
Avoid damp feet: Make sure your feet are dry before putting your socks and shoes on.
Use foot powder: Powder between your toes will decrease moisture in the skin and decrease the chance of blisters.
Check your socks: If you’re wearing two pairs of socks, put on the first pair inside out and the second pair right side out to prevent blisters due to the nubby side of the sock. Change your socks frequently during the match to prevent moisture buildup.
Check your shoes: Make sure your shoes fit properly. Remember that the shoe should fit your foot; your foot should not fit the shoe.
Reduce friction: Place Vaseline on the outside of the inside sock to cut down on friction. You should also consider visiting a sports medicine therapist to get lacing techniques that will limit the slide in your shoes.
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Elizabeth Chaffin is the coordinator of medical for the USTA, and Dr. Alexis Colvin is the USTA's Chief Medical Officer.