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Lacing help, anyone?

gdionelli

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This is probably a terrible time to post, because so many of you are running exciting and big races tomorrow. But I'm just going to put this out there, and maybe someone will spot it and help me out. 

After four podiatrists, an ankle surgery, many months of PT, and four pairs of custom orthotics I've still got a toe problem, with no help in sight. BUT I decided to try a wide width rocker soled shoe, because that is something that shows up in recommendations for sesamoiditis (my current problem, probably set off by change of gait resulting from the ankle problem). I bought the Hoka Gaviotas in the D width, and lo, and behold, they do seem to help. Better than the stupid inserts, anyway. 

But I'm having trouble lacing them tightly enough around the ankle, because the width seems to extend to the ankle - it's not just in the toe box. Can anyone point me to a site that would give me some lacing techniques to deal with that? I've tried heel lock lacing, but maybe I'm just not doing it right - either I get it so tight it hurts, or the shoes are loose. I'm afraid to try to start running in them, unless they feel secure on my foot.  I'm having trouble imagining running in such a rigid shoe anyway, but I'm desperate - I'll try anything!

Good luck to all you fasties!

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I got nothing, but my fingers are crossed for you.

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I'm not a lacing expert either - sorry. I hope you find a solution so you can get back out there. 

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I like this site for lacing: https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/locklacing.htm

Also, I've found that because my forefoot is pretty wide and my ankle is narrow (I say it looks like a reverse slice of pizza), that Lydiard lacing closer to my toes with "regular" with diagonal lacing closer to my ankles helps. That way my toebox is nice and roomy, but the fit around my ankle is tight. 

Hope you are able to find something that works!

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8 minutes ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

I like this site for lacing: https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/locklacing.htm

Also, I've found that because my forefoot is pretty wide and my ankle is narrow (I say it looks like a reverse slice of pizza), that Lydiard lacing closer to my toes with "regular" with diagonal lacing closer to my ankles helps. That way my toebox is nice and roomy, but the fit around my ankle is tight. 

Hope you are able to find something that works!

Thank you, Carissa!  I hadn't thought of Lydiard lacing for the toebox area. I've been skipping an eyelet, however, for more room on that foot. I will try this. 

And thanks for the site link.

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I had lacing issues too lately (struggling to keep it tight enough to keep the foot in place but not so tight it crimps tendons at top of foot). Found Lydiard lacing with a heel lock helped, but know you said the heel lock wasn't working, so I'd second Carissa's suggestion of mixing and matching lacing to find a similar combo that works. I actually now have different combos on each foot now, but it's working. Good luck.  

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12 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

I had lacing issues too lately (struggling to keep it tight enough to keep the foot in place but not so tight it crimps tendons at top of foot). Found Lydiard lacing with a heel lock helped, but know you said the heel lock wasn't working, so I'd second Carissa's suggestion of mixing and matching lacing to find a similar combo that works. I actually now have different combos on each foot now, but it's working. Good luck.  

Thank you, Gonzo. I'm working now with both Carissa's idea of mixing & matching and the heel lock lacing. I think I'm just not patient enough about trying to find the perfect balance of loose here and tight there. I've actually used different combos on each foot for years, but it's looking like I'm going to end up with MORE symmetrical feet now!

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