Aside from tripping and instability, long skates can cause the balls of the toes to fall into the arch. Because the arch is the thinnest area of a skate shoe, if the toe continues to contact it, you will experience excruciating agony on the front side of your foot. Skate shoes should be bought at a size smaller than what you normally wear for walking shoes.
The length of a roller skate should be such that when you roll back and forth on the ball of your foot, your heels don't touch the ground. If they do, you need shorter skates.
Also, make sure the tip of your shoe isn't dragging on the ground when you walk or run. That's called "track marks" and it's unsightly.
Finally, check the laces of your skates carefully for any damage. If they're old and frayed, get new ones.
These are just some of the things that could be causing your skates to be too big. If you work with wood, metal, or other materials, your measurements may vary but overall there should be about a 1/4 inch gap between the top of your shoe and the bottom of your blade.
If you don't have access to this kind of equipment, then you'll have to estimate the sizes you need by looking at other people's shoes.
If your skates are too huge, you will experience excruciating pain that will only cease when you purchase the right size skates. A skate that is too big may produce blisters, hammertoes, bunions, or calluses as a result of persistent friction, resulting in constant foot pain.
Also, if the toe boxes of your skates are too wide, you risk injury to your toes due to uneven pressure distribution during movement. Too wide a toe box can also cause pain when walking as well as while standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Finally, if the length of your skate is not right, then you will have difficulty moving with efficiency and could end up with leg strain.
You should be able to fit two fingers between the bottom of your shoe and your ankle when standing up straight with your arms by your side. If you cannot do this, then your skates need to be altered by a professional fitter.
Altering the shape of the blade on your skate to make it narrower takes only a few minutes using simple tools. The fitter will start by removing any tags or labels from the leather of your boot. Next, he or she will cut away any excess material that hangs over the edges of the blade box. Finally, pins, screws, or nails used to attach the blade box to the sole of your boot will be removed.
Say it aloud: "Pause." When buying a skate for a child, parents may occasionally buy a skate that is too big in order to allow the skater some more growing room. However, this should not be a consideration with an adult-sized skate.
The best way to determine if an inline skate is too big is by trying one on. If you cannot fit your foot into the shoe, then it is likely too large.
Inline skating requires that you push off the ground with your feet and propel yourself forward by jumping or stepping up onto the toe of one skate and then landing on the heel of the next skate. This type of activity is called "in-line" because you are standing inside the perimeter of two wheels that are rotating rapidly in opposite directions. In other words, you are skating back and forth like an inline skier on traditional long-skis.
Inline skates come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Even though the size labels may change depending on which brand of skate you buy, all online stores carry at least one size larger than your normal shoe size. For example, if you normally wear a 9 1/4" shoe, you should get a size 10 inline skate.