Sometimes changing the way you lace your shoes can make a really big difference in how the shoe fits you. If you are experiencing any heel slippage in the back of your shoe, if you have a wide forefoot or you just like the shoe to fit a little bit more snug you should try the heel lock lace. Here’s how you do it. Use the last eyelet in the shoe by creating a loop on the same side and then criss cross into that loop. Loop each lace into the loop on the opposite side, pull out to the side and then finish with your regular bow. You will feel your heel get synched into the shoe nice and snug. Come on in and we can show you how. Call Burlington Orthotic Centre today at 905-331-4391 for details.
It’s very important to get yourself into the right shoe. There’s a lot of running shoes out there ranging from a neutral cushioning shoe like the GEL Nimbus or the GT 2000 which gives you some moderate support, or a maximum support shoe like the Brooks Beast.
It’s really important to come in and get a proper gait analysis and a fitting with us so please book an appointment and we can get you fitted in the right shoe. Call Burlington Orthotic Centre today at 905-331-4391 for details.
Yes, really! there is such a thing as orthopedic flip flops, and no, they are NOT UGLY! We see so many cases of heel pain and knee pain through the summer and into the fall. Winter forces us to wear boots and shoes, which are usually quite supportive. Transitioning into flip flops and lightweight summer shoes can be a major cause of heel and knee pain. When the Sole rep first walked into the clinic to show us the flip flops, we were very skeptical. Then we tried them on and were instantly impressed. My fit test was to wear them for a whole day! So , I took them to Disney with me and wore it while trekking around Epcot Centre with the kids. People looked at me like I was insane, walking around Disney with flip flops! And they were amazing to wear at the airport too where they make you take your shoes off! While you can never replace the support of a running shoe for example, I think the Sole flips are the best supportive flip flop I have ever worn. I own 4 pair – in different colours of course! 2 are for indoor use on my hardwood floors and the other 2 are to wear outside. At $85 and various colour options for men and women, it’s a great investment. Call us at 905.331.4391 to book an appointment with a clinician to try on a pair today. www.burlingtonorthotics.com
We were all taught at some point to tie our laces. I remember being taught on a practice board, with bunny themed mnemonics! There are however some hidden secrets to lacing your shoes that most people were never taught. If you have a narrow heel and your heel slips in your running shoes, try tying a “heel lock” by using the last eyelet and creating a loop. Check the back of your shoes on the inside- is it worn through? If so, chances are pretty good that your heel is slipping in your shoe. Tying a heel lock on your running shoe keeps your foot secure and it will make you feel more comfortable and therefore run or walk faster and longer! Watch this video on how to tie the heel lock and other neat lacing tricks. Feel free to call us at 905.331.4391 or pop in to see us if you have any questions about lacing your shoes.
I walked into a big sports retail store and I was amazed at the amount of running shoes on display. It seemed like every colour in the spectrum was on display. Being in the business, I forget how overwhelming it can be to buy running shoes. There are so many! A few tips I can share:
1. Never buy a running shoe without having a trained professional watch your foot motion
2. Know your foot type and match your running shoe to your foot type- if you have a neutral foot do NOT buy a shoe with arch support!
3. Examine your old runners to determine the wear pattern
4. Make sure you have at least a thumb width of space from your longest toe ( not necessarily your big toe )
5. Squeeze the heel above the sole – it should be firm. Bend the shoe- it should only bend at the break point at the ball of the foot( see image below ). If you can turn your shoe into a pretzel- try another one!
A video running analysis can determine if the shoe is right for you and can also help prevent running injuries. Call us at 905.331.4391 if you would like your running shoes professionally fitted.
Watch a video on how to pick the right running shoe.. click here….