What Is Lace Bite & How To Prevent It

Are you on your feet a lot in your daily activities? Or, do you participate in sports, such as hockey or ice skating? Do you wear uncomfortable footwear regularly? If so, you’re at risk for a serious condition called lace bite.

If you’ve never heard of this ailment, you’re not alone. Although it’s common, it is also not discussed often enough. Consequently, the lack of knowledge surrounding proper footwear creates complications later. At Silipos, we aim to change the game through education and prevention. Here’s all you need to know about lace bite and what you can do to stop it from happening.

Ice Skater with Lace Bite-Silipos

What is Lace Bite?

Lace bite is a sharp, stabbing pain that radiates from the shin to the ankle and the toes. Most athletes have experienced this condition at one point or another without knowing it.

Lace bite stems from ill-fitting footwear, like shoes, boots, or ice skates. It develops like a callus over time after repeated irritation caused by a shoe’s tongue or laces. Symptoms can include pain, redness, and swelling.

If you experience these symptoms, your best bet is to have your condition checked with a physician. They will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and can begin a treatment regimen.

Lace Bite Treatment

Although this condition is highly treatment-resistant in advanced stages, it’s not impossible. Treatment will include a lot of rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. If not properly treated, any open wounds resulting from ice bite could lead to infection, so be sure to take all the time you need to heal fully. After the condition improves, you can move on to preventative measures to stop a reoccurrence.

Lace Bite Prevention

If you want to keep skates or boots on your feet, prevention is mandatory.

Protective Gear

Try purchasing protective wear, like these shields from Silipos. Our shields effectively protect against friction and damage caused by skates and boots. Comfortable and virtually unnoticeable, these shields will also soothe your feet with moisturizing mineral oil


Consider lacing your boots or skates differently, making sure that the laces aren’t too tight. Consider tying your laces outside-in and keeping them on the looser side. If they’re too loose, you can always make them tighter.

Lace bite is painful and can keep you from what you love, but Silipos is here to help. Our products are ergonomically designed with the highest quality materials to offer the best protection so you can live comfortably.

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