Lace bite is particular to hockey and is marked by pain that can stretch from the front of your lower leg and ankle to your toes, across the top of your foot. It’s usually the result of inflammation and aggravation of the tendon that connects your tibia to your big toe. This tendon is important for dorsiflexion which simply means pulling the front of your foot up toward your leg. When severe, taking strides or simply putting your skate on can be extremely painful to unbearable. Most of the time, the problem is that the tongue of the skate is pressing too tightly against the tendon, which can be deeply aggravating as you try to skate around a rink.