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1)  INSTABILITY – Stand on one foot and try to maintain your balance without using your toes. You’ll quickly see how important your toes are in keeping you balanced and stable in your skates. The excess space in your toe caps creates an unstable environment for your toes and impacts their ability to respond when you need them most.

2) LOSS OF POWER – Try jumping without using your toes. You probably won’t get very high.   At the end of your skating stride, you get an additional push with your big toe (or “pushing toe”) that contributes to your “toe snap”. Unstable contact with the skate means less efficient push with the big toe.

3) PAIN AGGRAVATION – Are you suffering from rub spots or bone spurs on or around your toes? Excess space for your toes to move will aggravate your pain as well as the condition itself.

4) NUMBING OF THE TOES – Are you one of those skaters that just can’t get their skates tight enough? And do you struggle with discomfort or numbing of the toes as a result? The excess space in the hard plastic toe cap and resulting instability of your foot cannot be overcome no matter how much you tighten your skates.

5) INJURY RECOVERY – The upward movement of the toes can affect lower body injury recovery. As the toes lift, they put tension on the muscles, tendons and ligaments that run along the bottom of the foot to the ankle, back of the leg and even as far as your lower back.