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Torn Calluses!

Has anyone torn a callus? I’ve had big calluses from deadlifting. But my last session my callus ripped off with a huge triangle swatch of skin along with it. Does taping your hands take away from your grip? Does that tough skin/ crazy glue stuff work in this instance? I’m just wondering what to do about it. Any suggestions?

[quote]BMRSNR wrote:
Has anyone torn a callus? I’ve had big calluses from deadlifting. But my last session my callus ripped off with a huge triangle swatch of skin along with it. Does taping your hands take away from your grip? Does that tough skin/ crazy glue stuff work in this instance? I’m just wondering what to do about it. Any suggestions?[/quote]

Are you in powerlifting ? Are you using powder? Gloves? Sponges? It happen some times but usualy I saw it with Gymnastic athletes, big piece of skin ripped from the hand.

Having been both a gymnast( a really bad one) and a powerlifter(good but not great), I have a great deal of experience with calluses. This may seem odd and maybe dangerous to some but I regularly slice my calluses of with a single edge razor blade and then go over those areas with a pumice stone to remove high spots. Have not had a tear since 1981.

Sully

Yes, powerlifting. I’m using chalk, no gloves or anything. It’s on my max effort day deadlifting I have this problem.

[quote]sully’s wrote:
Having been both a gymnast( a really bad one) and a powerlifter(good but not great), I have a great deal of experience with calluses. This may seem odd and maybe dangerous to some but I regularly slice my calluses of with a single edge razor blade and then go over those areas with a pumice stone to remove high spots. Have not had a tear since 1981.

Sully[/quote]

your right man, since I’m a massage therapist and a trainer, I must remove all the time my calluses with a razor. But I’m using a 3 blades one… removing slice by slice and cleaning it kicking it on the sink. And I finish with a kind of pumice stone too. And you are right , I have lest problems since I do that… I did’nt realise that before. Tanks Sully ;o)

Be causious to not go to deep on the skin layers. I did it one time…outch!

Keep us inform Body!

Harry the french canadian!

[quote]sully’s wrote:
Having been both a gymnast( a really bad one) and a powerlifter(good but not great), I have a great deal of experience with calluses. This may seem odd and maybe dangerous to some but I regularly slice my calluses of with a single edge razor blade and then go over those areas with a pumice stone to remove high spots. Have not had a tear since 1981.

Sully[/quote]

Doesn’t seem odd to me at all. I had a dermatologist do this to my foot one time in HS. I had developed a big patch of cracked skin from a huge callous I guess from wrestling bc that’s when it happened. scared the shit out of me when he grabbed my foot, pulled out a razor blade and started trimming. I’ve since done this myself to remove large thick layers of dead skin, whether on my hands or feet.

DB

keep your calluses trimmed! this way the entire callus mass doesn’t get caught and ripped off taking deeper layers too. Your local pharmacy should sell this in the health and beauty area. They carry this so chicks can shave their corns and calluses from their hooves.

beef

[quote]beefcakemdphd wrote:
keep your calluses trimmed! this way the entire callus mass doesn’t get caught and ripped off taking deeper layers too. Your local pharmacy should sell this in the health and beauty area. They carry this so chicks can shave their corns and calluses from their hooves.[/quote]

that’s what i do. i keep one in my truck and file mine down when driving to and from work. as i’m in a truck, it’s not gay. note: people look at me funny when i show up to work with white powder all over my shirt and pants.

Bastard

File them down.

Also, use tape. It only takes one or two turns around the callused area in order to protect it. I use the whitel athletic tape sold in any drug store. I just got sick of ripping the calluses off doing Deads and Chins.

Thanks for the input fellas! I taped it last night and only had a small tear, no damage.

been there… done that…

it sucks man.

I recommend going to the store and buying some of that New-Skin stuff and patching your hand up. It burns a little at first, but it’s the best way to get you back to pulling some good weights and having full use of your hand that I know of.

It’s definately saved my ass a few times.

Probably the most over-used part of a gymnast’s body is his hands. Rips, blisters and torn callouses are an unfortunate fact of everyday life for us. Over the years we have tried many methods of dealing with them.

First and foremost of these is reasonable moderation. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your callouses be. You would like to work up to the edge of a rip, but not over that edge into an actual rip. It takes much longer to heal an injury and completely regrow new callous than to add another layer to an old. Also don’t discount the negative impact unnecessary rips will have on your training.

The most efficient method that we have found to promote new callous growth is simple but rather painful. It is also an excellent way to promote callous health when you hands are simply “hot”.

  1. Remove the torn callous; trimming as closely to the edge of the wound as comfortably possible.

  2. Smooth the edges of the wound with either a razor blade (proceed slowly!) or a pumice stone. These are available in handled versions as foot callous scrappers at all drug stores.

  3. Now soak your torn callous in a bowl of water super-saturated with salt (to supersaturate continue adding salt to a warm container of water until the salt in no longer able to continue dissolving and you have a small amount of undissolved salt in the bottom) several times a day for at least 10 minutes.

Initially this may be quite painful. How painful will depend on the depth of the rip. If it is a very deep “bloody” rip, you are in for an interesting experience. It is necessary however as we need to encourage the growth of callous immediately, rather than new soft pink skin that will simply re-tear right away anyway. Unless the blister is unusually deep, in one to two days it should be mostly healed - compared to the 5-7 days needed for conventional treatments.

  1. Use just enough medicated chapstick (my personal choice as you can easily carry it in your pocket) to prevent drying to such an extent that the rip cracks. Do not however use Neosporin or something similar; in my experience the use of these types of products will promote the growth of new skin rather than a protective sheath of callous.

Yours in Fitness,
Coach Sommer

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