New Year's Resolutions? Start with Well Fitting Shoes
Happy New Year to All!
Are there any New Year’s resolutions out there? Well, if improving your health and fitness is on the list, you may be contemplating starting a walking or running program. And if so, a pair of high quality, well fitting shoes might be in order.Selecting the correct shoe is easier said than done, however. The market has multiple shoe companies and a huge range of styles, designs and prices. The goal is a shoe that offers the cushioning and stability that your particular foot shape and running style demands. This will not only improve your performance, but most importantly, help prevent injuries.
Here are a few tips I hope will get you headed in the right direction …
- Determine your shoe size. Athletic shoes vary greatly in size and shape. Do so at the end of the day when your foot is its largest try on both shoes and wear the sock you will wear when walking/running.
- Running shoes should fit firmly at the heel to prevent slipping, but your toes should have plenty of room. Look for ¼ inch from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
- Know your foot and arch type. A low arch (overpronator) … a normal arch … or a high arch (underpronator). This is the way most running shoes are categorized.
- If you are inexperienced in this adventure, try shopping at a specialty running or fitness store. Salespeople are often runners themselves and are knowledgeable about the latest shoe technologies. Take your time. Try on different styles and brands. If possible, walk and run in them (some stores have a treadmill on site).
- Invest in your feet! Quality athletic shoes aren’t cheap, but they are typically the only significant expense you will encounter in your quest for better health. They can be the difference in a successful fitness experience. And remember, like your car tires, they wear. Look to replace them at least every 500 miles
Go get a shoe that is right for you … and start putting one foot in front of the other!
by Rick Rossman, PT, Associate Director, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
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