If you’ve ever suffered from lace bite, you’re likely to never forget it. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent lace bite. Here’s everything you need to know about lace bite.
What is Lace Bite?
Lace bite, also known as tongue bite or skate bite, is a sharp pain located on the front of your ankle or shin area, possibly all the way down to your toes. Lace Bite can occur regardless of whether you’re wearing skates, running shoes, or cleats. Wearing any type of laced athletic footwear can lead to lace bite.
To get more specific, the pain is caused by the tongue of the skate or shoe putting too much pressure on the tendons of the foot. Since you use these tendons a lot when skating to move your foot up and down, the excess pressure can really hurt, and can even lead to tendonitis.
How to Prevent Lace Bite
Several factors can lead to lace bite, but it’s often caused by a combination of factors.
- Are you lacing your skates too tightly, or are they new and haven’t been broken in yet?
- Have you been out of commission for a while? Similar to getting shin splints from starting into a running routine too aggressively, you can get lace bite if you go from mostly sedentary to intense exercise.
- Are your skates old or low-quality? If so, you need to get a new, quality pair to prevent lace bite.
The best way to prevent lace bite is by wearing properly sized, quality skates, and skating often so that you don’t lose your conditioning. So make plans to visit our skating center today, and don’t forget to check out our schedule and upcoming Chester events!