Maybe you think you’ve already checked all the boxes. You’ve assessed your foot type, chosen the activity in which to put your energy (hiking, running, group sports) and determined the size and shape of sneaker that is appropriate. You have weighed various support options for any specific conditions you’re experiencing with toes, feet or ankles. Ready, set, go, right?
Well, actually there’s one more thing before you take that first step – lacing up your sneakers. You may say, “That’s a no-brainer, of course I have to tie my shoes!” Yes indeed, you won’t get far tripping over your shoestrings. That said, there are sneaker lacing techniques which can increase your comfort and even boost the performance of which you are capable.
The Gift of a Perfect Fit
The goal should be to match shoes with your feet that provide stability – as if they were ‘meant to be together.’ Ill-fitting shoes, or careless sneaker lacing may interfere with smooth motion and end up causing injuries. Ensuring a proper fit plus appropriate lacing technique will help to prevent irritation, blisters, tendinitis, black and blue toenails, burning sensations, and even alleviate foot pain.
Pictures Speak Louder…
We decided that instead of writing word-for-word steps for each sneaker lacing technique, we’d reach out to RunRepeat.com for permission to use some of their great demonstration videos. These clearly show just how to tie each style of lacing for your personal circumstances or preferences. You can also see RunRepeat’s amazing worldwide ranking of sneakers, based upon hundreds of thousands of reviews, gender, size, brand, color, collection, and best current discounted price.
Roomier Lacing for Wider Feet
Using this lacing adjustment allows your toes to splay out and have better flexibility.
Cozier Lacing for Narrow Feet
Getting a snug fit isn’t always easy if your feet are narrow; this lacing technique will help.
Low Pressure Lacing for High Arches
Get better support and limit your outward foot roll motion (aka: underpronation).
Lacing Support for Flat Feet
This sneaker lacing technique helps to keep from overstretching the plantar fascia.
Painless Lacing for Cramped Toes
More space in the forefoot reduces pain and numbness; and less chance of black nails.
Comfort Lacing for Swollen Feet
If your feet tend to swell, this sneaker lacing method will take the pressure off.
Locking Those Laces in Place
The Surgeon’s Shoelace Knot adds 1 more loop; perfect for long distance and treadmills.
If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, and have never been diagnosed, it’s time to find out what’s going on before you venture out on an extensive hike or run. Once aware of your condition, there will be options for comfort and pain relief from your local podiatrist who is the right choice to ensure the most knowledgeable and capable physician for your needs.
Dr. Elizabeth E. Auger, has over 2 decades of experience treating patients in the Salt Lake City area and you have the choice of three locations for your convenience. Same day appointments are available, so let’s get you back on your feet with a sneaker lacing technique that works just for you!