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Proper Footwear

ANATOMY OF A SNEAKER!

We have come a long way in exercise foot wear since the time we were kids and we would wear one type of sneaker “KEDS” (with the canvas top, thin sole and blue tag at the back) for every type of exercise.  In this day and age with the advent of sports medicine scientists, orthopedists, rehabilitation specialists and huge companies such as Reebok and Nike devoting millions of dollars to the design in exercise foot wear, we have been better educated about the importance of choosing the correct exercise shoe.  One of the most important considerations in selecting the proper foot wear is deciding on the type of exercise you have chosen to do and buying an exercise shoe which is designed for that particular type of activity.  Below are some guidelines to help you make your decision.

Source: The Walking Magazine, July/August 1990

Running Shoes

        Running requires that your feet strike the pavement forcefully therefore, your shoe should have adequate cushioning for shock absorption.  They must also have good heel support which will prevent the foot from turning in and out and should provide an arch.  Padded heels to protect the Achilles tendon are also essential.

   

Aerobic Shoes

        Similar to running and jogging, aerobic dance can be a high impact activity.  The shoes chosen for aerobics should have well cushioned soles and good overall support.  They also require firm, yet flexible soles to allow for easy movement.  If you have weak ankles, it is suggested that you purchase a high top sneaker to provide proper support.

    Whether your activity is walking, jogging, running, aerobics keep in mind that a good shoe makes a difference in the way your body responds to the exercise and can prevent injury.  In general, the best shoe is one which fits your foot, price is not the important factor.  The properly fitting shoe should allow enough 'toe room' when standing.  The heel of the shoe should feel 'snug' and not pinch the back of the heel.  It is essential to try on various shoes by different manufacturers before making your final decision.

The key to a good shoe is one which fits properly, provides good support and stability.