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Learn to tie and untie shoelaces to prevent ankle injuries

Tying and Untying Shoelaces A Different Way Prevent Ankle Injuries?You want to have the healthiest feet to be able to go out and enjoy the fall weather. That’s hard to do if you have a tendency to hurt your ankle - one or both. There seem to be some people who are more prone to rolling or spraining their ankles as opposed to others. Is it just something that they have to deal with by buying shoes with a lot more ankle support, for instance, basketball sneakers. Or could there be a simpler question to answer: Does tying and untying your shoelaces a different way prevent ankle injuries?

One possible culprit

People tend to leave their shoes tied and just slip in and out of them each day. That’s inviting injury if they try to do it while standing up - and if you’ve been in a rush to get somewhere, you’ve done just that. It may seem like you save time by leaving the shoes tied, but there’s a multitude of things going on each time you do that - the laces lose their tightness, which means that your foot rubs up against the inside sneaker materia, which wears away at it. Before you know it, that part will go away and you’ll have the inside plastic rubbing up against the heel… along with weaker ankle support. This combination is not good at all!

So, first of all, as time-consuming as it may seem, untie the shoelace each time you take off the shoe and tie it after you put it on. Another reason that people often put off untying their shoes is because they have a tendency to make some very intricate knots that become very difficult to untie… so they put it off time and time again and it deteriorates the condition of the shoe, which then worsens the support. So… it comes back to the tying and untying of the shoe.

The best way to tie a shoe

It is when you’re sitting down or standing with one foot on a stair. Some people like to tie their shoe with their leg crossed. The problem with that is that the bow tends to be off to the side… which then weakens the support too. Have the bow be in the center of the tongue of the shoe. Tie it tightly, but not so tight that it feels like you’re constricting the circulation of the foot - you want to keep blood flow.

Also, you want to make sure that there’s enough lace in the shoe. You should be able to make a good-sized knot without feeling like you’re straining and then have enough room to do a double-knot. Test the shoe after that. Does it feel like you have a lot of foot support or is there sliding going on? If you have a lot of stability, then that should help keep your foot from rolling… though there are a lot of circumstances that will be out of your control - like how fast you move, how deep the divot that you step in is, whether another person is involved - like in a basketball game, for example.

You can only do so much. There are some times when it just seems like an ankle injury is fated to occur. That’s where Dr. John J Hickey can help. If you live in the Levittown, New York area, then you can come see him. He’ll be able to tell you how to protect your ankle and also minimize an injury if it does happen.