Are you worried that you have scrutinized every inch of your athletic shoes, and still, you cannot point directly at the problem? You should stop and take a deep breath. Clear your mind and look again over the detailing of the shoes. Well, do you notice that you missed a minor thing like lacework?
The lacework of shoes plays a vital part in securing your feet inside the shoes. It is a useful technique because it allows flexibility in any condition. If you have swollen feet, you will probably not be buying new shoes only for that. Will you wait around for the swelling to go down and not walk at all?
Similarly, for neurological disorders like arched feet, a specific lacing system can relieve all your problems. Read on to learn how to lace shoes for high arches. They are not insignificant because of constant lacing in the wrong direction can produce adverse effects.
Examine the anatomy first:
Let’s look over the anatomy of a high arch, and you will notice that the rest of your foot is drawn inward because of the higher angle. Meaning because of tension and pulling in the muscles, they are in a constant state of contraction. Narrow space results in hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. The heels can distort their shape outside of the body to accommodate the decrease in surface area of feet.
A high arch does not let the feet touch the ground completely. You have to apply more natural force to accomplish that. More power also means an increase in pain and pressure to sensitive, sore areas. It can be challenging for people who live in plain flat terrains and regions.
The Pattern of Lacework:
This is where the lacework will come in handy. You already have your recommended athletic, running, work, and nursing shoes so they are not the problem. It proved not to be enough because of the wrong lacing pattern. Get up and try the new method you read now. Do it side by side to your reading and sigh in happiness as everything fits into place.
- Leave the middle arch for now:
Look inside the shoes; you will see a protruding insole and upper mesh to support your arch. There are already two things for the job should you put one more? No, use it for the parts with less to no support like the affected areas of heel and toes.
- Start from the ankles towards the toes:
Activate tightness by securing the front and the back. Your arch is okay; do not worry about that. Make a crisscrossing lacework in the first two eyelets, then as you move along towards your toes, skip two eyelets. By skipping, you have to pass through two more eyelets to move forward, do not form a cross in between these!
The area you are passing will cover your arch, .and you are now at your last eyelets directly above the little space before the toes. Form another meshwork there and secure the laces by tying them up. Do that with the other shoe and start walking.
- Walk to make sure:
If there is still any adjustment required, you can yank the laces and knot again. You will get a more successful approach after trying a few steps. The question is, why did we form a mesh at the front and the back?
Influence of the Right Fit:
People tend to buy shoes that are too big or small. You cannot overlook the importance of an accurate fit. Lacing in the front will keep your toes upright and prevent the formation of black and blue toes. Secure foam underneath your toes will also prevent excessive rubbing which can result in blisters.
Your heels play a crucial role in facing the impact of force with a high arch. A condition called calluses can develop in which hard scaly skin can form because of constant grazing against the rigid insole of the shoes. If the heel starts rolling outward like in supination, it could affect your knee and hip joint. A tight lacework that ensures enveloping will also help you prevent heel slipping!
Find out further about lacing for wide feet here.
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