Tennis Players Need the Right Shoes and Proper Foot Care to Stay in the Game

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Like all people who play racquet sports, tennis players are at risk for developing overuse injuries and other problems such as stress fractures, tendonitis, black and ingrown toenails, heel spurs, blisters and bunions, corns and calluses.

Since the early days of tennis, technological improvements in equipment and playing surfaces have resulted in play that places tremendous stress on players' feet. In addition, since the game requires constant movement: forward and backward, side-to-side, running, jumping, lunging, and sometimes stumbling, which can lead to foot injuries and other problems, special attention to foot care is needed to keep players in the game for a lifetime.

According to Lorenzo Hyland, an amateur tournament tennis player who says he intends to play tennis the rest of his life, selecting the proper shoes is the single most important way to protect feet from injury. He says, "If my shoes are too narrow, my bones crunch together, and that's very painful. The one thing that has been difficult is finding exactly the right shoes that are long enough so that my toes don't bash into the front when I stop quickly, but not so long that I move around in them. This takes some testing and experimenting. Combine that with shoes that can take the abuse of a good serve and you really have something."

Tennis shoes designed specifically for the sport provide stability for side-to-side movement. They're heavier and stiffer than running shoes and support the toes for stop-and-go motion. C. J. Buck is an expert on problems related to feet and is also an avid tennis player. CEO of Princeton, New Jersey-based Xenna Corporation, which distributes foot care products, Buck says, "Comfortable, well-supported shoes made for the surface we usually play on is critical, but so is the need for comfort. Tennis shoes can be hot and stiff. I prefer the lasts as soft as possible and plenty of arch support."

Like all people who play racquet sports, tennis players are at risk for developing unsightly feet. Xenna's NonyX® Nail Gel and CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment address the problems of yellow, discolored toenails and dry, cracked heels. Many podiatrists recommend the natural enzymes found in acid-free CalleX Ointment for soft, supple heels and to exfoliate thickened areas. Newly patented, CalleX has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce thick, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Diabetic-friendly, CalleX moisturizes dry, rough or flaky skin, and exfoliates and thins thickened areas, while leaving normal skin unaffected.

Xenna's patented, podiatrist-recommended NonyX® Nail Gel was developed to provide a solution to the problem of yellow, dark or discolored nails. Buck says, "NonyX Gel is a topical, easy-to-use gel that breaks down and removes keratin debris - the discolored, yellow or thick granular buildup under nails which is the actual source of nail discoloration. It softens keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid, and permits it to be scraped out from under the nail, beginning after about four weeks. Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive with regular use."

According to Buck, "In addition to comfort, most people are also concerned about whether or not their feet look attractive, whether playing tennis or just relaxing at the beach or pool. Tennis is a lifetime sport, but as we get older, our feet need more attention to stay nimble on the court. Thousands of people who've used our products have regained their confidence and are simply ecstatic to be able to show their bare, healthy-looking feet in public!"

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. You'll also find it at HEB and Brookshire grocery stores, through podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at and CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs, from podiatric physicians and online at and To order NonyX Nail Gel or CalleX Dry Heel Ointment online, find a store near you or to view clinical photos, click on

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