RUNNERS: Lace Lock To Prevent Blisters And Losing Toenails.

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RUNNERS: Lace Lock To Prevent Blisters And Losing Your Toenails.

The morning air is fresh and crisp, the sun is rising and you can smell the earth scattered with fresh dew.

It’s peaceful around you. Quiet. The rest of the world is still sleeping…

Not you, your trainers are on and you’re ready to run your heart out.

You fought past the snooze button. You fought past the “I don’t feel like it or I would rather stay in bed” voice.

You know that every decision you make matters, no matter how you feel in the present moment.

This is YOUR sacred time.

This is YOUR time to take your health and performance to the next level.

This is YOUR time to think, de-stress and get pumped for the day listening to your favourite tunes.

With every stride and beat of your heart in your chest, you become better and stronger than the person you were yesterday.

Running is your freedom to move wherever your body wants to go, it doesn’t judge you, it lets you be you!

At the end of your run, you feel alive, energetic and mentally strong.

You get home, all pumped and ready to take on the day, kick off your trainers only to find a black and blue toenail…


Now you have to wait 6-12 months for your injured nail to grow out and get back to normal.

Here’s how to fix it…

This is a common occurrence in runners, so common in fact that they buy trainers one size bigger to prevent this.

This poses another problem, however, of your foot sliding around in the shoe which can lead to shearing stress on the foot and lead to blister formation and compensatory gait.

One of the best ways to eliminate blisters from forming or damaging and losing toenails is to use a specific shoelace tying technique called a lace lock or heel lock. 

This technique will stabilize your foot within the shoe, and prevent these small injuries from occurring.

Watch this 40-second video tutorial on how to do a lace lock and say goodbye to blisters and damaged nails.

Happy running!


Do you use this lacing technique? Let us know in the comments below.


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