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01-23-2012, 01:25 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
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Please don't take this the wrong way. But, sometimes hockey players don't know how to put on skates and tie them up. And without knowing how long you have been skating, even then, some players still have problems.
lace the skate up completely without your foot in the skate. Then tie a not at the end of the lace so the lace doesn't come out of the eye. This will also help keep the lace from unraveling.
Then pull all the laces (as best as you can) away from the tongue and slide your foot in. Do not force your heel into the skate. This will pull you tendon at the bace of the neel and you will be out for about a week...or two (this happens once you hit 35 to 40 years of age)
The, once the foot is in, pull the bottom "four" eye laces, so that you can still move the laces up and down from the direction of the toe to the heal with no tention.
Then pull the remainder of the laces from the "fifth" eye hole up towards your ankle "Very Tight" for ankle support.
90% of the time, the pain comes from tightening the bottom 4 eye laces...too tight. This cuts off blood circulation to the toes which causes the pain in the arch. Try this before you go incert orthotics.
This is outstanding advice. I've had trouble with skates as well, but once someone showed me this "trick" it changed everything for me.
For some reason we are always so tempted from a young age to tie our skates as tight as possible, and maybe that had a purpose back when skates were all-leather.
Anyways, what I do now is I tighten the lowest few eyes until they start to get snug but aren't tight. I then tighten up the top half of the laces quite tight. Personally I leave the very top eye unlaced because it helps me keep my ankles flexible (with plenty of support further down, if that makes sense).
Its a free thing to try - if it doesn't work, try an insert. If that doesn't work, maybe you need new skates. But always go cheap before going expensive.
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