How many times have your exercise plans been thwarted by sore feet?
Sure, you want to go for that run. But your feet are killing you. The fact is, you won’t get much out of your workout if you are wearing the wrong shoes. The right shoes play a key role when it comes to support, stability, balance, motion, and comfort. Unfortunately, the rights shoes can be hard to find.
Below are some tips designed to help you find the right shoes:
Tip 1: Decide what kind of activity the shoes are primarily going to be used for.
- Someone who is going to be doing high-impact aerobics, for example, needs a different shoe than someone who is going to be playing tennis.
- If you are going to be doing two radically different types of exercise, you might want two different pairs of shoes. Otherwise, a good pair of cross-trainers might do the trick.
Tip 2: Know what kind of foot your have.
Do you pronate?
Or is your foot neutral?
Different types of shoes are good for different conformation types. If you don’t know, see a shoe fitting specialist.
Tip 3: Make sure your shoes fit.
- A shoe fitting specialist will not only be able to suggest types of shoes for your particular foot, he or she will be able to accurately assess fit.
- Many people buy shoes too small or too large, and this can cause pain, blisters, and worse.
- There should be about a thumb’s width of room between the end of your big toe and the front of the shoe, the shoe should fit securely but not too snugly throughout the midfoot, and there should be no slipping in the heel.
Tip 4: If you are still having foot pain, call us to make a massage appointment.
- Many foot issues are actually a result of tight muscles.
- We can assess your low back and hip muscles, and help to come up with a plan that will ensure you exercise pain free.