Shopping for athletic shoes can be a daunting experience with the myriad of choices available. This choice is further complicated by the fact that an athletic shoe needs to be chosen based on the specific activity. Playing tennis in a pair of running shoes illustrates this point quite well, as you will quickly notice the lack of support for side to side movements. The proper fitting of athletic shoes is one of the primary steps you can take to maintaining the good health of your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back.
To choose the most appropriate athletic shoes, follow this advice:
- Computerized gait analysis—Prior to shopping for shoes, have your podiatrist conduct a complete foot exam, including an analysis of your gait mechanics, to determine what arch supports and orthotic inserts you may need.
- Use shoes made for the activity—Whether your interest is in tennis, basketball, cross country running, or merely walking around the block, there is a shoe available with the most appropriate structure and flexibility dynamics for each activity.
- Wear shoes before buying—You can order shoes online, but if you don’t know exactly what size you need from that particular manufacturer, there will be the inevitable frustrations with returns. A well-stocked shoe department at a store with helpful and knowledgeable staff is the best way to go.
- Comfort level—New shoes should feel comfortable right out of the box and not need much in the way of “breaking in”. There needs to be plenty of room in the toe box to prevent any friction, and the heel should feel nice and snug.
If you are suffering from the heel pain of plantar fasciitis, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM or Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!