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08-21-2009, 01:14 PM
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Random question about hockey skates and ankle pain.

I have a question about my skates. I bought some cheap Bauer Vapors a couple years ago when I started playing hockey again. After a few months I started to get some pain in the front of my ankle it felt like it was from the laces or something. Anyways, since then I just wrapped my skates with tape around the ankles and its been much better. But it would be nice to not have to do this anymore.

My question is, is it just because I bought some cheap skates? I played when I was younger for quite a few years and never had this problem. So I'm thinking of investing in a new pair if it will help.

Anyone else have this problem?

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This sounds like lace bite to me. You might be tying the top of your skates too tightly. Tape around the ankles might be masking the issue, since you're just reducing the range of motion for your ankle (bad for your stride).

I'm waiting for Maltese Hockey to re-stock on GPS Lace Bite pads. I"ve tried everything, but I can't seem to get relief from the problem.



In the meantime, check out some of the following links:
http://www.google.ca/search?q=lace+bite

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Thanks noobman. Yeah its definitely lace bite. Still not sure what I should do though. I guess I'll look around for some of those gel things.

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, I only get lace bite if I tie the top laces too tight, have you tried to tie them at about 1/2 depth? It's what i do, but then again, my skates are pretty old and the surfaces are pretty tough

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Try looking for Bunga pads. They're marketed toward figure skaters but I know guys who have used them in hockey skates and say they're great. I'm pretty sure there's one specifically for lace bite. Rainbosports.com might have them.

Cheap skates might be part of the problem, if the lower-end Vapors have less padding on the tongue than the higher models. Adding a lace-bite pad should help with that though. What model are you in?

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Try looking for Bunga pads. They're marketed toward figure skaters but I know guys who have used them in hockey skates and say they're great. I'm pretty sure there's one specifically for lace bite. Rainbosports.com might have them.

Cheap skates might be part of the problem, if the lower-end Vapors have less padding on the tongue than the higher models. Adding a lace-bite pad should help with that though. What model are you in?
lace bite is lace bite, can get it from any skate.

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I have a question about my skates. I bought some cheap Bauer Vapors a couple years ago when I started playing hockey again. After a few months I started to get some pain in the front of my ankle it felt like it was from the laces or something. Anyways, since then I just wrapped my skates with tape around the ankles and its been much better. But it would be nice to not have to do this anymore.

My question is, is it just because I bought some cheap skates? I played when I was younger for quite a few years and never had this problem. So I'm thinking of investing in a new pair if it will help.

Anyone else have this problem?
You have two ankles. So was the pain identical in both(intensity and location)?

If you ever injured one of your ankles and did not adjust for the injury then problems tend to arise over time.

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You have two ankles. So was the pain identical in both(intensity and location)?

If you ever injured one of your ankles and did not adjust for the injury then problems tend to arise over time.
I've never injured either of my ankles.

I actually only get lace bite on my right ankle which is odd.

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Yeah, bunga pads or something similar are your best bet. Maltese gel pads are basically the same thing as the bunga ones, both are gel pads that go on the front of your ankle.

What I've done in the past when I was having a problem with it (took a shot and my ankle became rather sensitive), was to buy some craft foam (about a buck a sheet), cut out two pieces, shred some more, and staple the two pieces mostly together, shove the shredded stuff in, and staple it fully together. It was a pretty effective pad and only cost me a buck and a few staples.

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I've never injured either of my ankles.

I actually only get lace bite on my right ankle which is odd.
Look at your shoes. Doubt that the level of wear will be identical after a few months. If your right leg is your power leg and your right shoe shows more wear, experiment with the way you lace your right skate. Also contouring or skate blade adjustments may help.

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Look at your shoes. Doubt that the level of wear will be identical after a few months. If your right leg is your power leg and your right shoe shows more wear, experiment with the way you lace your right skate. Also contouring or skate blade adjustments may help.
The level of wear on shoes that you're talking about is either pronation or supination, both of which have little to no bearing on your legs.

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Your problem is that your skates dont fit you properly. Your instep probably isnt deep enough for you and when you tie your skates the result is lace bite. Also never tape around your ankles or tie your laces around your ankle. All it takes is one rut in the ice and you'll tear your achilles tendon.

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Ok guys, thanks for all your help. I made the trip today to Coral Springs, which is about an hour away from where I live, and got some skates. I must say, its a damn good thing I did. I must've tried on 10 different pairs and various sizes. They were extremely knowledgeable, and recommended I get a skate that was smaller than the size I normally played with. It felt a bit snug but I think it should good. I'm gonna try them out tomorrow.

I ended up going with the Bauer One55. Decently affordable and they felt comfortable, they're a little more stiff than Vapors (which is what I'm used to), but I should be good to go.

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Ok guys, thanks for all your help. I made the trip today to Coral Springs, which is about an hour away from where I live, and got some skates. I must say, its a damn good thing I did. I must've tried on 10 different pairs and various sizes. They were extremely knowledgeable, and recommended I get a skate that was smaller than the size I normally played with. It felt a bit snug but I think it should good. I'm gonna try them out tomorrow.

I ended up going with the Bauer One55. Decently affordable and they felt comfortable, they're a little more stiff than Vapors (which is what I'm used to), but I should be good to go.
To Clarify, they're stiffer then the vapors you've been skating in. Vapors covers a lot of ground, from cheap low end ones like you have to the X:60, which will be rock hard at retail stiffness, and can be made custom twice as stiff as that.

And if you were fitted in the one55s, it does mean that your vapors would have been too shallow for you.

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