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Making Feet More Ticklish

Why is there a section of this site dedicated to making feet more ticklish? Because for both ticklees and ticklers, feet are a common favourite spot for tickle play. Whether they are extremely ticklish or not very sensitive at all, it is common for those engaging in tickle play to want to make them more ticklish than they are. Each person will respond differently to techniques but this section will discuss a range of things you can try with your play partner. 

Feet are best tickled when bare for maximum sensitivity, but there are a couple of exceptions. The ticklee may find that starting with socks on and having them slowly peeled off by the tickler has a strong psychological effect, making their newly-exposed feet feel extra sensitive as the air hits them. The other exception is that for women, wearing nylons/pantyhose can make the feet shockingly sensitive. Something about the material hugging the ticklish skin closely, and allowing tools and fingertips to glide over the surface, can be very ticklish. 

Feet are most sensitive when soft and well-moisturised. Removing any excess skin through exfoliation and moisturising the soles can have a marked effect on how ticklish they are. Applying lotion to the soles before and wearing socks to ensure it has time to absorb can be very effective. 

Feet are most ticklish when warm and well-circulated rather than cold. Warming them up with warm socks, a blanket or hot water bottle before tickling may be required in cold environments or for those who do not have good circulation to the extremities. 

Feet are generally more ticklish when the toes are held back, stretching out the sole. This can be achieved by asking the ticklee to do so themselves, although most ticklees will instinctively curl their toes in reaction to intense tickling. The toes can therefore be very carefully held back by the tickler, or even tied back with the right restraints. Careful attention should be paid to not pulling them back too far and causing pain or injury to the ticklee. 

Try lots of different spots. Inexperienced ticklers may stick mostly to the very centre of the sole, but there are so many other areas on the feet that can be ticklish: 

  • The ends and pads of the toes. 
  • Underneath and on top of the toes. 
  • In between the toes. 
  • The ball of the foot. 
  • Underneath the arch. 
  • The ankles, and top of the foot. 
  • The centre of the sole. 
  • Where the sole meets the heel. 
  • The back of the heel. 

Ticklees will often find the feet more ticklish when a variety of techniques and spots are used. Have a look at tickling positions for the lower body here, and tickle tools here, and experiment to find what works best for the ticklee. A change of technique can create more intense tickling sensations than even a single technique that normally works very effectively.