Sports and Your Feet

Selecting the right footwear is essential no matter what your activities will be, most especially when you are going to be involved in sports. Proper-fitting sports shoes can definitely enhance performance, and they also help prevent injuries.

 

How do you choose the right athletic shoes?

 

*Athletic shoes are usually purchased in specialty stores.

*It is best to try on athletic shoes after a run or a workout and at the end of the day when your feet will be at their largest.

*Wear the same type of socks that you will wear for that sport when trying shoes on.

*There is no break-in period for athletic shoes. Your feet should be comfortable as soon as you try them on.

*Try walking or running a few steps in your shoes to see if they’re comfortable.

*The shoe should have a firm grip to your heel – your heel should not slip as you walk or run.

*Keep in mind that there are differences in design and variations in material and weight.

 

Shoe Choices

The fitness boom of the past 25 years has led to an outpour in the manufacture of sport shoes. Consumers today must choose from among hundreds of styles and brands of athletic shoes designed for each sport and activity. Do not be overwhelmed by the choices available.

 

Here are some helpful categories that will help you choose the right footwear:

 

Walking Shoes

For walking, a lightweight shoe is best for cardiovascular training. There should be extra shock absorption in the heel of the shoe, especially under the ball of the foot. This feature will help lessen heel pain (plantar fasciitis) as well as tenderness in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia).

 

Running Shoes

If you are going to buy running shoes, you have to keep in mind that overall shock absorption is important for the foot, as well as good heel control. These qualities in running shoes help prevent tendinitis, shin splints, stress fractures, heel pain, and other overuse symptoms.

 

Aerobic Shoes

Aerobic conditioning shoes should be lightweight to prevent foot fatigue. These shoes should also have extra shock absorption in the sole beneath the ball of the foot because this is where the most stress occurs. It is also better to work out on a carpet.

 

Cross Trainers

Cross trainers, or cross-training shoes, should have the flexibility in the forefoot needed for running. It should also have the lateral control necessary for aerobics shoes.

 

Basketball Shoes

For basketball players, you should go for a shoe with a thick, stiff sole. This gives you the extra stability when running on the court. A high-top shoe can provide additional support, but it won’t necessarily decrease the risk of ankle sprain or injury.