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Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by elduderino31, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. elduderino31 White Belt

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    Not sure if this is the right forum for this but its probably mostly experienced by Muay Thai guys so i'll ask it here.

    I have a problem where the skin between the ball of my foot and my toes seems to split open. It happens only the the two smallest toes on both of my feet. It splits open because of the pivoting action used when i throw a muay thai roundhouse. The action pulls the toes back and splits the skin. I have had this problem for a couple of years now and can't seem to get rid of it. I can train through it when it happens which is almost everytime i train yet yet it takes about a week to heal and is kind of annoying so i can only ever train about once a week at most.

    I want to get rid of it so i can train more often but have no idea how.

    Has anyone ever had any experience with this? or seen anyone that has?
    because in all of the places i train no one seems to have the same problem.

    any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. JackLancewell Orange Belt

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    Well, you could try taping your toes? I have the same problem on the ball of my foot, but I'm sure that my skin just needs to be conditioned. It's weird that your foot hasn't hardened from the repeated injury.
     
  3. Azy Yellow Belt

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    It could also be a dermatological problem. I would see your doctor and see if there is actually anything wrong with the skin or if it is just repeated injury. You may need to adopt a different technique.
     
  4. marr White Belt

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    I try to walk everywhere [where possible] bare foot, it seems to help with conditioning my feet but I still get cuts, all I do is tape them up while I train when they are fresh, as soon as they've healed back to bare feet.

    Someone said to me once dilute surgical spirit and rub on your feet is suppose to toughen the skin up over time, never tried this though.
     
  5. thaiboxer92 White Belt

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    with the mrsa epidempic neosporn them alot and tape your toes together
     
  6. Stand-Up! Yellow Belt

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    Do you train on mats or canvas?
     
  7. 8 edge Yellow Belt

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    for me dude it's normal, it will eventually harden up after finishing 500 kicks a day.
     
  8. PHD_in_8_Limbs Purple Belt

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    Ummm, I suggest dealing with it. Not being a dick, but my feet have about an inch of callous in the part you're talking about. They'll get leathery eventually, and you'll always have some problems. Right now I've got a pinched nerve and a strain in the middle of my right foot, but wait till you enjoy the pleasure of a dislocated toe or two; that's when the Muay Thai really begins. Just make sure you keep applying antibiotics to the split, maybe wear boxing shoes if it gets too bad.
     
  9. elduderino31 White Belt

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    Cheers for all the suggestions, i think tapping them will hold the toes in so that they dont get pulled away from the foot and split. I can't believe i didn't think of that myself.

    Ive tried seeing a doctor about it and they gave me a cream that did nothing and i've had the problem for ages it wont toughen up its split so many times that its hard scar tissue now that just splits over nothing. I train on hard gym flaws like a basketball court unfortunately which is probably part of the problem as it really grips my toes. Thanks for the tips and hopefully tapping will help.
     
  10. nukethewhales31 White Belt

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    i never had a problem with this do you roll your toe upward?
     
  11. SonicFI White Belt

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    I never had a problem at my other gym that had like rubber mats for the ground to train on but my new gym the muay thai part is carpet, always burns my feet and leaves some bruises.
     
  12. Super.Froggy Blue Belt

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    I had that problem when I started MT we were training on concrete floor lol After a while it gets harder and you'll be sweet. A good way to make it harder is to walk bare feet around your house... If walking bare feet was ok I would do it everywhere haha. Shoes are such a waste of money lol
     
  13. Kpro86 Guest

    Your foot gets used to it and becomes harder, i wouldnt worry about it unless it still happening after about a month
     
  14. SonicFI White Belt

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    LMAO WAIT. you didn't walk bare foot around your house to begin with?
     
  15. LGP** Guest

    You probably have atheles foot or something that causes the skin to be dried out and prone to cracking. this happens to me once and awhile. It used to happen more, but then i bought some tough actin tinactin and it doesn't really happen anymore.
     
  16. Scotian Lotion White Belt

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    The ball of my right foot finally blistered and busted open today during my Muay Thai class.

    Would wearing boxing shoes hinder my ability to kick? I notice that they are usually high-cut. Are most of them flexibile?
     

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