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At some point or another, you may have experienced a time where you have had football boots that have hurt your feet.
When this happens you have likely wondered why your football boots hurt your feet and what you can do to stop that from happening.
Sometimes this can be every time you put on your boots, for others it can happen rarely or maybe just the one time when they first get new ones.
What is important to know is that while it is normal to feel uncomfortable in football boots when you first get them, due to the breaking in process.
It’s not normal to be in pain while wearing them in-game, as boots are designed to give you a good experience and not the complete opposite.
Now if you are looking for answers, then this post will be relevant I will be going over the most common 6 reasons why your boots are causing you pain.
1) Boots Are Uncomfortable
The first reason that comes to my head, when we’re talking about feet that hurt, is your boots are uncomfortable.
Not only does choosing the wrong boots lead to a poor experience while playing the game but you can also cause injury to your feet.
If you have brought football boots that are tight, this is where you are going to feel the most discomfort. Your feet will also feel trapped and quite restricted.
When you’re running around a pitch for 90 minutes with boots that cause this issue, it’s likely going to be really unpleasant.
The good news is that this issue can be easily resolved by rethinking the boot selection, and choosing some that better suit your feet.
For instance, in the past, I have chosen different types of boots at similar sizes of around 12/13.
What I interestingly found, which you would not expect is in some cases, a size 13 for one brand would feel tighter than a size 12 for another.
So what I am trying to say here, is before you decide to look for and buy a pair of football boots, that you test out different silos to come to a conclusion on what works best for you.
2) Have The Wrong Soleplate
One aspect that you may not realise has an impact, actually does, and this is the soleplate of your football boot.
Whenever you start the process of buying football boots, I encourage you to think about the grounds you are playing on.
If you are playing on one or two different surfaces, you want to ideally buy more than one pair of boots.
The reason for that is it is quite important to have, the right soleplate when playing football.
Now from my experience, I have found when I wear the wrong boots on a surface, my feet tend to hurt more easily because the connection between the ground and the boot isn’t as good.
When your buying let’s say artificial boots for a 3G pitch, you are getting a soleplate that is made for it, from the grip to the traction of them.
You will therefore have a much better experience compared to if you just whacked on a pair of trainers.
So this always worth bearing in mind, since from the occasions I haven’t worn the right footwear, I have had achiness and just sore feet in general.
3) Flat Feet Or High Arches
When people talk about different size feet, they might think about the width or length of them. With these two variables, it is normally fairly easy to find football boots that accommodate.
If your feet are wide there are boots out there for you, if it’s length you can just measure your feet and find out the size.
However, an issue a lot of footballers have is flat feet or high arches.
Which has it sounds means either most of your foot is touching the floor or your arch is quite high.
With either of these two problems present you will likely find it hard.
That is because you need to seek out football boots that first fit you and secondly won’t hurt you.
Now since brands don’t exactly have boots for flat feet, you will either need to do something yourself to get them to a point or test out multiple silos.
What you can begin with is an insole. So if you have flat feet, you can choose a low arch insole which seems to be quite popular.
Apart from that, from my research I found wider and also leather football boots, to be other good solutions.
Wider boots because when you have flat feet they spread more than if you have an arch. Leather boots are typically better than synthetic ones because they are more flexible.
4) Your Yet To Break Into Them
If your familiar with the football game, including the process of buying football boots, you will likely know that at first football boots can be a little uncomfortable.
This is because when you buy a new pair, they will likely be a little tight or stiff and therefore will require some time for you to break in.
Now luckily this stage of breaking into boots doesn’t take too long.
So if you are worried about being in pain it’s worth knowing that one it shouldn’t be too painful and two it won’t take more than a few wears.
While it is typical for boots to cause a bit of pain at first, there are steps to go through to make sure this process goes smoothly.
To start with you want the right boots for your size.
If you’re waiting to break into boots that are too tight, while you will break into them a little you will likely still have some pain.
So the best advice there is to make sure you get the right size, by measuring your feet before seeking out boots.
With football being a contact sport it’s almost inevitable that a player will experience pain at least one point in their career.
Now while you can’t stop someone from performing a sliding challenge from behind on you, there are ways to stop pain when football boots hurt your feet.
Whether that be choosing the right football boots, changing insoles or sizes or simply just giving them time to break in if they are new.
If you have some pain, then I recommend not to just leave it but make sure you look into what is causing the problem.
Has most of the time there is a solution for it that can help you out.
Do you have any questions or thoughts for me or that you want to share?
Let me know by dropping a comment below 🙂