Shoe lace tightness and foot pain?

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  1. TraceR

    TraceR New User

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    How tightly do you all tie your shoes before playing?

    I usually like to tie my shoes fairly tight for support, but I've been getting some minor pain on the top portion of my feet near the middle. I believe the exact muscles affected are the extensor digitorum longus. I've heard this could be from having laces tied too tightly, but it could also just be from the stress of playing. Note that I wear a size 12 shoe, if that makes a difference.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. raphMODE

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    Since I don't tie the forefoot as tight as I first did, my forefoot feels better...
    I only tie the "ankle" part tighter.

    Don't know if it's the solution for your pain, though...
     
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  3. moopie

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    I get a little pain if I tie my laces it too tight, especially from the middle to the top of the shoe. The problem with really tight laces is that it's pushing downwards on your instep (the top part of your foot). This also keeps the foot from being able to flex as you run, adding pressure to the top part of the foot.

    I try to find that perfect balance of tight but not too tight. The shoe does loosen up during play, so better to not start too tight but re-lace the shoes tighter as you're playing.
     
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  4. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik Professional

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    Some shoes are just weird in that spot. People loved the Courtballistec 2.2, but no matter how loose I had them, they killed my feet in that area. I am feeling some of that with the Asics Gel Resolution 4.
     
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  5. jmjmkim

    jmjmkim Semi-Pro

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    my shoes are like loafers these days.... my foot hurt in weird areas..... and i dont go all the way up to the top hole.
     
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  6. The Meat

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    Tie your shoelaces tight enough so that your feet won't move too much in your shoes. I'm right handed and usually tie my right shoelaces slightly looser, because I do all of the stepping on and off with that foot. Haven't had any foot pain so far doing this.
     
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  7. 3fees

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    I tie laces just tight enough so that my feet dont slide around.
     
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