Break in Your Football Cleats
After Labor Day weekend is the official start to the football season! Preseason games began in early August, but September 4 will see the first game of the regular NFL season. Fall also starts school football. Kids everywhere, from pee-wee players to college starters, will lace up their cleats and take to the field. Football cleats are a necessary part of players’ equipment. Breaking in cleats correctly so they support your feet when you play is an important part of preparing for the season at any level.
First, make sure your cleats fit correctly. The wrong size could lead to blisters, ingrown toenails, and other lower limb injuries. Any pair should be fairly comfortable when you first try it on. Your feet should fit snugly without feeling cramped. The toe box should be long enough, too—you need roughly half an inch of space between your toe tips and the front of the shoe.
When you have the right size, you can begin breaking in the shoes. Put on the new cleats and wear them around your house and yard for several days before bringing the pair to practice. When your feet are used to them, you can begin swapping them out with an older pair at practices.