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Have a funny bump that your shoe rubs on?  Grab your X-acto knife!
No, I'm not going to have you do surgery on your foot - on you shoe, yes, but not your foot.  My right little toe has been broken at least twice (don't ask... but it wasn't running).  It does not bend well and it has a significant calcification in the middle of the toe that often gets rubbed by the forefoot stays on the shoe (those pieces of stiffish material that cross the mesh joining the midsole to the lacebox).  I have a couple of styles of shoe that I really love the feel of EXCEPT for the fact that they leave my little toe a bloody mess. So... I take my trusty X-acto knife and carefully pop thestitces holding the stay. I pull out the stitces to loosen the sstay and then cut the offending section of the shoe away. Presto! Problem gone. Folks with flat-ish feet can do the same thing with the contoured portion of midsole foam in the arch area.  A simple vertical cut and then a horizontal cut will allow you to peel off a part of the foam, weakening the area directly under the arch and allowing that area to flex down as the arch presses on it rather than rubbing big long narrow blisters! (6-25-11)
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Simple lacing tricks can relieve pain on the top of the foot.
Many runners complain of pain or soreness on the top (instep) of the foot. In most cases, this is from either an ill fitting shoe (too much or too little volume in the shoe) or from the laces and/or lace box putting too much pressure on the instep, especially if there is some anomaly in the shape of the instep - a ridge or calcium buildup on the instep. Usually, a simple relacing of the shoe, using a lacing pattern that skips over the ridges or bumps on the instep. It also helps to pay more attention to the type of lacebox used on a shoe. There is a general trend away from the monolithic stiff laceboxes of yesteryear to uppers with softer materials, "discrete" eyestays and even flexible eyestays which flex with foot movement, resulting in significantly less pressure on the foot. (2-24-11)