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Do You Know What To Look For When Purchasing Shoes?

If you need to be specific about footwear or you are trying to prevent an injury, it’s a good idea to have a chat to your local Podiatrist for some professional advice before buying any new footwear. This can prevent wasted money and frustration. A common remark most podiatrists hear from their patients is that a shoe is simply a shoe.  The el cheapo brand jogger is just as good as the expensive athletic jogger. Sadly, this isn’t true. All shoes are specifically manufactured for certain activities. That’s not to say that a jogger is unsuitable to use when walking or training in a gym, but I would find it difficult to recommend a patient play squash or tennis in a running shoe, and nor would I recommend jogging in a tennis shoe.  The shoe itself must be sports specific.

Your local shoe store will probably have around 300 different styles of shoes, and a large percentage of those shoes are just for running, so how do you know which one is right for you?

What to look for when choosing shoes:

  • Toe box: This is the front part of the shoe where our toes site. The toes should never be jammed or crowded into a forefoot space. If you can’t wiggle your toes properly, get a larger size.
  • Flex: Pick up the shoe and bend it with your hands.  It should flex around where your toes do. Walking and running shoes should have a stiff mid-sole and through the mid-section. If you can fold the shoe in half – put it down and walk away slowly!stable-shoes-bend-toes
  • Torsion: Shoes should have minimal torsion– they should be stable and solid when moving and twisting in your hands.stable-shoes-difficult-twist
  • Heel counter: This is the bit at the back of the shoe where your heel sits. Ensure the heel counter is firm. The top of it is usually cushioned but it should be made of plastic.
  • Rotate: You should try to rotate between different pairs of shoes when you can. This will help to increase their longevity.
  • Orthotics: If you have a pair, you should bring them with you when you purchase a new pair of shoes to be certain they will fit.

Happy hunting!


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