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Old October 8th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to help my problem with my foot whenever I rollerblade? The middle of my foot aches whenever I rollerblade for more than 10 minutes.
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Old October 8th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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It may be something as simple as your feet are not conditioned to skating yet. but there may be other factors such as skates are not the right size, Do you have flat feet?, if so do you have some type of arch support that you use even when skating? also different brands of skates fit differently (some maybe wider or more narrow) so it may be you need to try a different skate. What are you skating on now?

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Old October 8th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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I started skating about 3 weeks ago, I use Rollerblade's Spiritblades. No, I do not have flat feet, that picture at the top is not mine.

Edit: Btw, it only happens on my right foot.

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Old October 9th, 2006, 12:52 AM   #4
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Hi Huy: I don't have flat feet either but definitely need arch supports in my daily work boots and all my skates. In the work boots I have had to double up with an arch support insole and a three-quarter length arch support. My weak side (quicker to ache) is the left but the right will catch up if it doesn't get propped up too. Try some arch supports first, the in-soles most likely won't cut it on their own. Mid-range cost @ Wal-Mart under $10.

Hope this helps...I can empathize with foot pain.

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Old October 9th, 2006, 02:10 AM   #5
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The way that you walk and maintain your balance for your entire life determines partly how each of your feet "pronate" (I believe that's the word). It's the process of your foot flattening out as you step on it. In a confined space such as a skate boot, your pronating foot on the right side probably needs a different "environment". A good gel insert might help, but a visit to a chiropractor (one that specializes in feet) would be the perfect idea. Who knows, maybe your insurance covers it!
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Old October 9th, 2006, 04:27 AM   #6
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I don't know if it's that serious that I'd need to see a chiropractor just yet . I think I am going to try for the insoles at Wal-Mart . My family is very poor, I've grown up in a very bad environment so I can't really afford the good expensive stuff. I also have scoliosis, my back curves to the side (more to the left).
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Old October 10th, 2006, 04:58 AM   #7
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Found some old insoles in my closet, they weren't used that much. Do you suggest the thing foam insert or the soft rubber/gel insert?
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Old October 10th, 2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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you just need a structural boost to get the arch lifted up off the arch of the boot. The rubber one probably is better becuase it will compress less, bt the foam one will work if it's thick enough. THE goal is to lift all the parts of the foot except the arch. Give it a try. In a recrational boot, this is no big deal, becuase there's room to spare, and i even have used SuperFeet insoles in a rec boot, which has a hard plaxtic footbed that support the arch nicely. Available in stores for about $22.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #9
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Hm, tried out the foam insert, it helped me last only a little longer and then the pain comes back, I think next time, I'm going to try to loosen the laces so the sides of my skates are further apart and try the gel insert.
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Another thing to try is double lacing your skates. Tie the laces closest to your toes loosely, and the ones at the top tightly. If that doesn't work, try reversing that. Try several combinations to see which works best.

I learned this from hockey players, and it works.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 12:35 PM   #11
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Huy,

I'd say you are experiencing a lack of arch support.

Glad to hear that foot you showed is not your own foot--note the huge swelling of the ball area. You must have found a medical photo somewhere.

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Old December 21st, 2019, 10:54 PM   #12
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Default Knees over toes

Loosening the laces over the top middle of my foot helped a bit. But what did me of the arch cramps and ankle fatigue was to make sure my knee caps donít go over and past my toes when doing power strokes and cornering. Without changing my skate position, I shift my butt back a quarter of an inch and that moves my knees caps back the same distance to align them directly over my toes even during deep knees bends. Arch pain and ankle fatigue instantly stopped and am now skating with more power and longer endurance.
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