This started happening before I was palying a lot of tennis - it started happening when I was working out in the pool with the rough bottom and walls, and probably from walking in bare feet a lot. But it is also happening from all the tennis I play (about ten hours per week). I have little pieces of skin shredding on the bottoms of my feet, and even though each piece is very little, the tear goes very deep and it hurts whenever the skin piece gets pulled. These are on the balls of my feet and on my heels.
It's sort of a cumulative problem - the skin never really grows back smoothly around the little shreds, so they keep happening. And they happen in more places, so the affected area is getting to be a bigger part of each foot sole.
Some people I played with last week showed me their hands which are all shredded up, and one of them puts "IV Tape" on his hands to help with that.
What's up with this? Is it common/normal? How do people stop it? How do people cope with it until it can be stopped?