You probably are aware that wearing uncomfortable shoes can become a physical nightmare for your feet, ankles, legs, and pretty much your entire body. But did you know that how you lace up your footwear also plays a significant part in your posture and comfort? With the incorrect lacing, you could end up suffering an injury, or exacerbating a preexisting condition.
Here’s a helpful list of lacing and shoe-related tips everyone should know to help manage foot pain:
- Different lacing techniques: Adjusting how you tie your shoe laces can address several types of foot pain and problems. There are lacing techniques that can keep your heel in the back rest of the shoe; that creates a pocket of air at the top of the shoe to stop irritation or pain on the top of your feet; that gives your toes more wiggle room; and so on.
- Afternoon fitting: As you walk around throughout the day, your feet are naturally going to swell under the pressure and duress. It is not something to worry over most of the time, but it could lead to cramped feet. You should shoe shop in the afternoon when your feet have swollen slightly so the fit you find is as accurate as possible.
- Going for a run: The rubber soles on the bottom of the average running shoe will be all but a paper thin sheet after around 400 or so miles of travel. If you set yourself particular mile goals whenever you exercise, this can help you keep track of the condition of your shoe. Keep in mind that you should replace your running shoes once your feet start to hurt while wearing them, regardless of how many miles they have experienced.
- Lace-less options: There are many shoe varieties these days that do not have any laces at all. You can go with slip-ons, Velcro, some that resemble athletic sandals, and more. No matter what you choose, be aware that no laces does not mean no foot problems. The same issues caused by incorrect lacing, such as cramping and ankle pain, can easily be caused by a lace-less piece of footwear that does not fit correctly.
Have you been experiencing foot pain for a while and are not sure what to do about it? Simply changing your shoes may not help. Why not talk to a Kirkland foot care specialist at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washingtontoday? We have dedicated our clinic entirely to podiatry and various forms of foot care, including fungal toenail treatments, foot surgery, and sports medicine options. Schedule a consultation by contacting us today – we have locations in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton.