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Ouch, That Hurts! (Improper Skate Fit)

posted May 15, 2016, 11:54 AM by Skate Doctor   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 9:45 AM ]
Believe it or not, your skates don’t have to hurt your feet. Shocking! If you’ve been regularly following our blog, you’ll know that there are many different brands, models and fits of skates available at the retail level. At the elite level, skates are also available in custom sizes and fits for ultimate performance, comfort and protection.


If your skates are hurting your feet, you’re most likely in the wrong size (length, width or depth) or the wrong model of skate all together. It’s as simple as that. When a customer comes to us with skate pain issues, it’s usually very clear to us as to what is causing the problem. In many cases, the skater has been incorrectly fit by someone who has not taken the time to do a proper fit assessment or foot analysis, or lacks the knowledge and experience to do this. Some skate fitters will even blindly recommend a certain brand or model of skate based on their personal preference or various retail incentives available to them.


In some cases, there are minor modifications we can do to make your skate fit better and hurt less. This includes insoles, stretching, punching, heat fitting, lacing modifications, and more. Skate Doctor is able to perform most of these “fine-tuning” services on a walk-in basis with little to no wait, starting from $5 to $50. It is often possible to make a skate fit a bit larger, but making a skate fit smaller (while maintaining proper skating performance) is much more difficult, if not impossible. Getting the correct skate sizing in the first place is key!

Some issues are not as straightforward or easy to fix and may require a different size, brand or fit of skate. In some cases, the natural shape of your foot or the biomechanics behind your stance, gait or stride requires a custom solution or skate. The following symptoms are indicative of more serious fit problems:
  • Numbness, tingling or freezing feet.
  • Blisters, pressure sores, or black or ingrown toe nails.
  • Heel spurs, bone spurs, heel slippage/movement or lacebite.
  • Improper alignment (over-pronation or over-supination).
  • Arch, ankle, shin, knee, hip or back pain.
Through our many years of experience with skates and custom skate fitting, we’ve learned to identify, fix or recommend different solutions to get you skating pain-free. You can trust our knowledge to get you back on the ice and performing at your best. Contact us to discuss your skate issues, or stop in to visit us at the shop.

Don’t struggle with ill-fitting skates anymore. We’ve worked with countless players, up to and including the pros (NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, Europe, CIS) with very positive results. We have a solution for you!