Step into the new year with the right shoes

If the shoe fits, you’re on the right track to achieving your resolution for a healthier 2019, according to a podiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine. Here are some tips for picking the right shoe no matter what your physical activity resolution may be.

1. You don’t have to spend loads of money to get good ones.

The type of shoes you select should be based on your planned level of activity. The construction, weight and wear of shoes will be different depending on the type of activity they are designed for.

A training flat offers more protection and is well-suited for weekenders or those who plan to do moderate exercise. Running shoes are built for heel to toe movement and the higher heel drop comes from the added support and cushioning. These shoes are good on tracks and for races. Training shoes are usually more flexible and allow a wide range of movement and they are good to wear in the gym.

2. A pair of running shoes should not exceed 200 to 250 miles or six to eight months of use.

Putting a number of excess miles on a shoe will cause the shoe to deform, which can lead to foot and leg problems as well as musculoskeletal problems in the knees, hips and back. Take a look at the tread on the shoes to get an idea of the wear.

3. Athletic shoes should be a half size or full size larger than your regular shoe size.

There should be a thumb nail’s distance between the end of your big toe and the end of the shoe, and you can determine that once you are standing with the shoes on and laced up.

There are consequences to picking the wrong shoe, including injury, pain and discomfort after exercise. Ailments that you are not familiar with, such as back or hip pain, shin splints or cramps could be signs that you don’t have the right shoe.

If you have any problems that you would like to see one of our practitioners about, contact us on 01425 839908 to book your consultation.


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