We all know that exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, but did you also know that not all athletic shoes are created equal? Even if you think you are getting fit and staying healthy by engaging in a new sport or physical activity, you may actually be at risk of a sports injury if you don’t choose the right shoe.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the following are important guidelines to follow when choosing athletic footwear:
1.Choose your running shoe to fit your foot type: If you have a low arch or a flat foot, you need a shoe with stability and motion-control. Normal arched feet need shoes with both stability and shock absorption. People with high arches should choose cushioned running shoes with softer midsoles and lots of flexibility.
2.Choose your shoe based on the kind of activity you’ll do. If you’re running, you’ll need arch support and cushioning. If you’re playing basketball, high tops will provide you with much needed ankle support as you make side-to-side motions up and down the court.
3.Choose workout and sport shoes at specialty stores; ask to be professionally fitted before buying a pair. Any shoe you buy should fit comfortably right away. You should also shop at the end of the day, because your feet will be at their largest at that time.
4. Regardless of the sport you choose to play, your athletic shoes need to offer support in both the front and back.
5.Replace your shoes when they begin to show signs of wear in the treads, especially at the mid-sole. A good replacement guideline is once a year for general athletic shoes, and every 300 to 400 miles for running shoes.
For more information on choosing the right style of athletic shoe, you can visit the APMA website, and for any type of sports injury or foot pain, schedule an appointment at my Houston podiatrist office so that you can enjoy your favorite pastime comfortably.