It is well known that shoes that do not properly fit can be a foot and ankle nightmare. Shoes that are too loose or lack stability, shock absorption and support can become a major problem for your feet quite quickly. Before you go and throw out those shoes you just grabbed, stop and consider the way they are laced. The way your shoes are laced can help your shoes fit correctly and eliminate discomfort from the start.
- If it doesn’t feel right, try a different lacing technique: Just changing the way you lace your shoes can help quell a number of different foot and ankle related injuries. Lacing techniques can help keep your heel placed firmly at the back of a shoe, can help create a pocket of air at the top of the shoe to help prevent friction and blisters, and can allow your toes more room to move around and prevent hammertoes and mallet toes.
- Try your shoes on at the end of the day: When you decide to go shoe shopping try to go toward the end of the day. As you walk around on your feet all day they will naturally begin to swell due to all the pressure that is placed on them. That means that you won’t know which shoe to buy to accommodate well-used feet until they are well-used from day to day activity. This means during the morning your shoelaces might need to be tighter, but they should fit just as comfortably once they are loosened in the evening.
- Running Around: If you are a runner and would like to continue this form of exercise it is important that you replace your shoes every 400 miles ran. This is because the sole will wear out due to constant use. Also, be sure that your laces are fresh and are keeping your feet secure in their shoes. Loose shoes can lead to sprain and fractures.
There are many different lacing techniques available. Some techniques are specific to the type of foot shape you have. If you would like to explore even more lacing options for your shoes it is time to come in and talk to a podiatrist. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh and his staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.