Hurting feet is something completely normal when you’re skating for the first time (or after a long period). What is not so normal is pain that remains for weeks after starting regular practice. There are some important issues to consider when we start in roller derby and run to buy new skates. Keep reading so you can find out about everything that involves foot pain and how to avoid it in the future.Why is It Normal That Feet Hurts at First?
The foot has to adapt to the skating position. Since the boots do not allow the full mobility of the foot that we have when walking with sneakers, the rest of the leg works more. Ergo, it’s going to hurt, at least while you get in shape. Many times the pain comes from the tension in the toes, which we clench in response to nervousness or lack of balance. So, although our feet hurt, what really hurts us is the process of learning to maintain balance. This disappears over time as you gain confidence skating.
Foot Pain Due to Wrong Sizing
The pain can also be due to not wearing the right size. Feeling contractures in the foot, the toes or the tibia (the front part of the calves) the skates may be too big and the person wearing them end up constantly having to divide the weight between the front and back of the calves.
Blisters or chafing most likely means that the boot is too big and the foot constantly rubs against it, the foot is ‘dancing’ on the skate and the movement causes the wounds; other reason could be that the socks you’re wearing to skate are too thick. If the pain is more lateral and is a feeling of pressure, the boots are too small. At contrary, if it’s the sole of the foot that hurts, such as “pain below the feet,” the ties are too tight, the boots may be small for you, or the wheels may be too hard.
If the pain is located in the ankle or calf area it can be because the skate is too narrow, is tied too strong or the position of the feet is not ideal for skating. In any case, buying a pair of rollerskates is easy but choosing the right ones can be challenging, try as many as you need.
How to Avoid the Pain?
First of all, for God’s sakes, choose the right size! Ideally, the skate boot should hold the foot without squeezing it. Some skates fit better than others, it depends on the skater’s feet, but in all cases, the ideal way to seize the strength and traction of the legs is based in the fact that skates fit properly. In fact, without ever tightening, a skate must be narrower than a sneaker. The foot should feel stable on it. When you’re choosing on the store, don’t move your feet and toes inside the skate, move the whole foot and leg and there should be no play between the foot and the boot.
To keep in mind: If the skate feels too good on the first test, it may begin to bother after a few time of use, when the internal padding material has been distended. Also, this may sound irrelevant, but socks are important. Never wear thick socks to skate, that can give you the feeling of having more support, but it’s tricky because it takes away stability. Also, the wrinkles inside the sock can hurt you.