Painful Bump on Top of Your Foot? Try This Lacing Technique.


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Many people come into the office with a concern of a bump on the top of the foot. The bump usually occurs in the midfoot and is there because of hypermobility around the irregular joints that causes a bone spur to form. In most cases, these bone spurs are not painful at all, however in some cases when someone is wearing a running shoe and the tongue is right on top of it, it can become irritated and painful. The good news is that there is a very simple lacing technique to help to take the pressure off of the area of the bone spur that will allow you to wear your running shoes without it bothering you.

Please watch the video to demonstrate this simple lacing technique. The first thing you need to do is to identify where the bump is in the lacing pattern of the shoe. Typically the bump will be in the center part of the lacing. Simply put your shoe on an feel for the bone spur and you can identify where you need to modify the lacing. You will then remove the laces back past the point where that pressure is. At the point of pressure, instead of crossing the laces as you usually do, you will skip to the next eyelet on the same side. You'll then cross over and lace the rest of the shoe as you normally would.

This technique allows you to have the stability of the shoe, while taking the pressure off of the area of the bone spur. The shoe will feel much more comfortable for you. If pain persists, contact the office for an immediate appointment.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.