The Way You Lace Makes A Difference


Here’s something you might find a bit mindblowing: the way you lace your shoes can impact your experience wearing them. If you’re like most of us, you go to the shoe store, buy a pair of shoes that are advertised to accommodate your brand of foot problems, tighten up their laces, and you’re on your way! Did you know that the way you lace up your shoes before walking out of that shoe store can make or break your shoe buying experience? Most employees at a shoe store are trained in many shoe-related topics. This includes different ways to lace your shoes according to what type of feet or foot issues you may have! For example, if you have narrow feet, wide feet, high arched feet, flat feet, bunionscalluses or corns - why would you want to lace your shoes the same way someone without these same foot problems would?

Lacing technique matters

There are plenty of people with wide feet who have difficulty finding properly fitting shoes. Sometimes, it can be so frustrating that a person might just ‘deal with it’ and wear shoes that don’t fit them the right way. Narrow feet can slip and slide around in shoes that aren’t properly fitted to them. Even if you have narrow feet, developing a bunion can increase the width of your foot. Your foot shape ultimately changes the way you need to lace your shoes. Changing your shoe lacing technique can help relieve some of the discomforts of heel pain and plantar fasciitis, too! 

Contact our Scarborough Podiatrist

Don’t worry, if you’ve missed your opportunity at the shoe store, your foot doctor at Lighthouse Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Michele Kurlanski, is here to help. When you visit Dr. Kurlanski in Scarborough, Maine, it’s a two-for-one deal: you get a trip to the podiatrist and a trip to a convenient foot store inside! Call us today at (207) 774-0028 to schedule your appointment.