Getting the Most Out of Your Shoes

Getting the Most Out of Your Shoes

Lacing for Performance

When looking at your shoes, have you ever wondered what the purpose of the nearest eyelet to your ankle is? Many individuals, using this eyelet, state they feel added support. In order to get the maximum amount of support, utilizing this eyelet, there is a specific lacing pattern called the “high 7-eyelet lacing pattern.” According to Hagen and Hennig (1), this pattern for tying your shoes, with a moderate amount of tension, significantly reduces pressure underneath the heel and outer forefoot, as well as reducing the loading rate and the velocity of pronation associated with walking and running. Depending on the running mechanics and strain experienced with walking or running, this technique may reduce the risk of related injuries. Below is a picture series to help guide you through lacing with the high 7-eyelet. 

Shoe Lacing Start Shoe Lacing Middle Shoe Lacing Final

Starting from the Bottom

There are three main shapes of a shoe’s bottom molding that are important to consider when buying your next pair. Manufacturers typically develop shoes in three categories: motion control, stability, and cushion shoes, designed for low, neutral and high arched individuals respectively.(2) 

IMG 0096

 

(A)The curvature of these shoes mimics the footprint typically found in high arched individuals. There is an increased curve from the back of the heel (rearfoot) to the tip of the toe box (forefoot). 
(B)These shoes have a slight curve and are seen with neutral foot individuals.
(C)There is no curvature associated with these shoes; best suited for flat foot individuals.

An easy way to identify the angle of your foot is by looking at your footprint on a rug, after a shower. If there is no curve, a straight or motion control shoe might be right for you (C). If there is a slight curvature, a stability shoe might be a good fit (B); while an excessive curve (don't over analyze here), might match best with a cushion shoe (A).

Manufacturers are starting to produce more shoes which utilize a combination of these features, in different parts of the bottom molding. It is great having more options, but without the expertise of a trained expert to help guide you in the variety of choices, more problems may arise. And let’s be honest, we tend to buy what looks great over what is functional. Hopefully, these two tips help guide you when purchasing and maximizing your shoes’ potential.

 

1) Hagen M, Hennig E, Effects of different shoe-lacing patterns on the biomechanics of running shoes. J Sports Sci. 2008; Dec 24: 1-9.
2) Michaud T. Injury-Free Running: How to Build Strength, Improve Form, and Treat/Prevent Injuries. 2013; 126-127

 

Have a Question?

Do you have a question about chiropractic care, fitness or nutrition?  We would love to hear from you, and we might even turn your question into our next blog post!

Blog Topics

Limitation ChiropracticPhysician patriotic Massage Performance Healing Hip Flexors Heel Pain Company Announcements Chiropractic functional chiropractor #wholefoods dairy free Lifting postpartum DNS #deepsquat doula elbow pain #Running healthcare ICTrunning Disc Herniation Shoes Acupuncture ShoeShopping performance WichitaChiropractor #KneePain BeginningExercise running gaming wichita Grand Opening home stretches squats knee function myths Running Pectoralis Muscles Rolling Patterns disc herniation Fitness esports rollingpatterns MRI Adductors WestWichita knee health Mobility Inner Thigh Feet crossfit test Shoulder Equipment membership plan Myths kansas Low Back Pain muscletherapy #1millioncupsict Core Strength Cost awareness Movement chiropractor Mobility Drill conditioning development 1MillionCups Dry Needling Elbow Pain Adjustment motorpatterns Soft Tissue Therapy Breathing Compression Sleeves Conditioning #HipPain Wet Needling #bellybreathing Squats 5K bodyweight tummytime SportsChiropractor #FootPain #freemuscletherapy parenting Mid-Back Pain inflammation #hipstrength Recovery Accupuncture Membership Plan knee joint RunningShoes sport injuries Body Awareness FoamRollingFriday lifting rehabilitation Foam Rolling stability Physical Therapy Neurology Toe plantar fasciitis culture HamstringStrain squat mechanics chiropractors Crossfit Payment tag2 Lumbar Roll Tension Orthotics Shoulder Pain adjustment Inflammation mental health treatment options allergies health rhomboid muscles physical therapy Conservative Care Taping PlantarFasciitis WSU community Rehabilitation Myofascial Release #races DryNeedling Mechanics GoTime Information sara skiles Foot Pain Plateau foot complaint Cupping Therapy Handout seminar knee pain FAQ orthotics Self Help FootExercise bodyawareness movement screen Headaches Pain Sitting Posture crawling #RunningPain Functional Core Education foot pain pain management entrepreneur #Wichita BackPain Rhomboid Muscles #growingwichita Yoga weekend Sprinting Wichita guest blog 2018 chiropractic Latissimus Dorsi #localfarmers Pain Management Health race Treatment Options Healthcare toe functionality Squat Sitting Help Exercise Nerve Pain childbearing sports Home Stretches #localbusiness Glute Muscles pregnancy Strain ICT Top 5 Insurance #somethingsbrewingict

Subscribe to Our Blog

Move HEALTHY.               Feel HEALTHY.              Live HEALTHY.