If you're suffering from pain in your foot then there might be a simple solution in the way you tie your shoe laces. Giles Gyer from Osteon explains how.
Depending on where the pain is on your foot and how it's manifesting itself, you can try a variety of shoe lace techniques to relieve pressure on the problem spot and, hopefully, alleviate the problem.
Trigger point, hot spot, focused pain, pressure point; we have so many names for what is essentially a really sore spot on the top of your foot, that little nagging area that gets more painful as you run.
So what can you do? Well it may sound simple, but you should lace your shoes in a way that you miss that spot out all together. Miss out the eyelets in line with that nasty sore spot by following these steps:
Don't worry, you haven't caught the plague! If you're wearing the right running shoes and have taken into account that your foot will swell when running, but the toes are still blackening, then you should look to lift up the shoe above the toes and give them some much needed space.
Lacing in this way is a little complicated:
Similar to that little pressure spot but covering the whole foot. If the whole of the top part of your foot is feeling the strain as your shoe is too tight it would be nice to get rid of the laces altogether, but seeing as that's not an option you we can use parallel lacing to secure the shoe without putting any pressure on the top of your foot. Here's how:
Cramped toes can be so painful and can really hamper your running, so let's look at reducing this cramped forefoot and giving you some space to move.
Have a good look at the diagram. OK, so you won't win any fashion awards, but this will really help.