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Simple Lacing Tricks
I recently ran across a copy of an article that came out in "Runners World" in January 2008. Although the article was targeted towards runners, the information is applicable to anyone who wears lace up shoes. Because everyone's feet are unique, we often run into small problems with how our shoes fit over the long haul. The author, Susan Rinkunas, describes four common shoe fit problems and presents easy and affordable solutions which are as easy as re-lacing your shoes. Richard Bouch, D.P.M., of the Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, who provided the techniques below, says. "It's a small change that can make a big difference."

Solution: Eliminate pressure on a "hot spot" by lacing around it, not directly over it.
Solution: Lift the upper material above your big toe up and off it.
Solution: Use parallel lacing to secure your foot without putting pressure on the top.
Solution: Reduce forefoot constriction by using four shoelaces instead of two.
Solution: Create a more secure fit around the ankle without tightening the entire shoe.
Place a lipstick smear on your hot spot. Slide your bare foot into your shoe and take it out. The mark on the underside of the tongue tells you which set(s) of eyelets to skip. Lace your shoe until you reach the eyelet before the spot. Take the lace back under and pull it up through the next eyelet on the same side. Take the lace across and continue to lace. Repeat this on the other side. You'll have an empty spot on the tongue where no laces cross it, which should eliminate your pressure point.
Thread one end of the lace through the eyelet next to your big toe. Pull the end of that lace up to the last eyelet on the opposite side, bringing the lace through to the outside. Leave just enough slack at the top to tie a bow. Take the remaining portion of the lace straight across toward the outside of the shoe and then diagonally up toward the inside of the shoe. Repeat until all of the eyelets are laced. When you tug on the outside lace, it will pull the material above your big toe up and off your nail.
Lace the first two eyelets on the big-toe side of the tongue (not the first eyelet on either side of the tongue like you normally would). Bring the lace from the first eyelet straight across to the first eyelet on the other side of the tongue and push it through. Pull it straight up the side, skipping one eyelet, and thread it through the third eyelet. Pull it straight across the tongue, and push it through the third eyelet on the opposite side. Repeat until all eyelets are laced and tied.
Remove the laces and measure them. Buy two sets (four laces) half that length. On both shoes, use one lace for the bottom three eyelets and a second lace for the upper three eyelets. The end result will be two bows on each shoe, allowing you to tie the bottom laces looser to accommodate your wider forefoot.
Technique: Lace as normal until one eyelet remains on each side. Draw the lace straight up on the outside of the shoe and bring it through the last eyelet. This will create a loop. Repeat on the other side. Cross each lace over the tongue, thread it through the opposite loop, and tie. The loops help to cinch in the material around your ankle to prevent your heel from slipping without making the rest of your shoe any tighter.

To Pronate or not to Pronate
As we said above, not all feet are created equal, and each foot type needs exactly the right shoe to prevent blisters and aches or worse. Buying the right shoe for the right activity matters... shin splints, pain in the knees and legs can be attributed to the wrong shoes. In addition to proper cushioning, identifying how an arch collapses as the foot rolls during each step, called "pronation," determines the kind of support a foot requires. There are three types: overpronation , neutral pronation and underpronation.

In overpronation, when the foot hits the ground, it rolls and the arch over-collapses, making it unable to stabilize the body or absorb the step's impact. The best shoes for overpronators are usually stiff-soled, and motion-controlled, to reduce rolling (eg. Merrell - Cameleon & Capra, Vasque, Dansko, Alegria, Brooks- Beast & Ariel, Oboz, Keen - Targee, also available Superfeet insoles).

Neutral Pronation
Neutral pronation is the most common pattern. As the foot rolls, the heel connects evenly to the ground, and the body's weight is supported while the step's impact is absorbed. Recommended shoes are medium-stability shoes with average cushioning and moderate arch support ( Altra, Topo, casual shoes)

In underpronation, also called supination, the arch does not connect with the ground. As a result, the impact of each step is limited to the outer foot, small toes and legs. Shoes that are best suited for underpronation have no added stability and encourage the foot to roll toward the arch, spreading the weight equally on the foot (eg. Asics- Gell Nimbus, Brooks- Ghost & Ravena, Saucony - Ride)

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