This May the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is challenging all adults to strive for 150 minutes of physical activity each week. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we applaud this step which can improve the health of your feet as well as the rest of your body and your mind.
No matter what sports or exercise routine you choose, however, there’s one piece of equipment that is essential: your shoes. It’s important that you have the right shoes for the activity and that they are well fitted otherwise you could be in for serious foot trouble. It’s estimated that over 300 injuries and foot disorders can be caused by fitness activities if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect your feet. Here are some tips for choosing the athletic shoes:
- Choose shoes that are right for your activity. Each sport and fitness activity has shoes specifically designed for the stresses that activity places on the feet and ankles. Padding, support, and shape of the shoe are geared to the movement most required by a particular sport and will help protect your feet from injury and overuse disorders.
- Invest in good quality shoes and get professionally fitted. While it may cost a bit more, purchasing your shoes at a sports footwear store will likely mean a better fit and a higher quality shoe.
- Shop at the end of the day. This is when your foot is at its most swollen size. It’s also a good idea to try shoes on with the socks you plan to wear with them to insure the proper fit.
- Check the inside of the shoe. Run your hands around the inside of the shoe to check for rough patches or loose stitching. These can cause blisters.
- Make sure the shoes are comfortable before you leave the store. There is no such thing as a “breaking in period.” Shoes should fit and not hurt or rub anywhere from the first moment you start wearing them.
Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is happy to answer any other questions you have about your feet and fitness and can advise you on shoes that address your individual foot issues. If you have concerns, contact us for a consultation with him at our Somers Point office before you embark on a new exercise routine.