After Monday's toes-to-bar, I bet that a lot of you are dealing with torn, or at least tender, callouses. Torn and bloody hands are one of the most common battle wounds we see in CrossFit, and they can make you feel like kind of a badass... But hand tears can certainly put you out of commission just like any other injury, and should be treated with the same degree of importance as pulled muscles or inflamed joints.
Part of tending to an injury is knowing how to keep it from happening again in the future. If you don't already follow a hand care routine, you can use a number of different tools to keep your callouses in check, like a nail file, a callus/corn shaver, cuticle scissors, a pumice stone, or a disposable razor.
The best time to take care of your callouses is right after you get out of the shower when your skin is extra pliable. Dry off your hands, put a tiny bit of bag balm or shea butter (or some other kind of thick lotion or hand cream) on your callouses, and then use your tool of choice to shave off the top few layers of your callouses until they are even with the rest of your palm. Try to do this at least once a week to keep new callouses from building up, and voila! No more hand tears!
If that sounds like way too much work, or if you're thinking "Well that's great, but you should have told me that yesterday before I tore," then check out this tutorial on how to make your own tape gloves to protect your hands.
Last but not least, if you are missing some chunks of skin from your hand at the moment, check out this post from Breaking Muscle for tips on helping your hands heal quickly.
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