Summer is almost here, and nice weather brings us outdoors for many activities.
If you like golfing, hiking, tennis, running, basketball, walking, going to the beach or other activities that require your feet, shoe gear is important for your performance and comfort.
But some people overlook their shoe-gear decisions, and this can really cause some trouble.
First to know is that all shoes are not created equal, and you get what you pay for. If you want your shoes for a demanding activity, you should probably splurge a bit and skip the discount shoe store. The extra cost usually translates into more durable and resilient materials which will support and protect your feet and ankles much better.
Second, don’t judge a book (or shoe) by its cover. Some shoes look really nice but may serve no better than a fashion statement. These shoes could lead to overuse injuries or worse.
To avoid the pitfall of buying a cute shoe that will eventually cause you pain, I find it best to shop at smaller shoe stores, where the employees know their products well.
Thirdly, you need the right shoes for the right activity and feet.
Many people unfortunately buy a shoe made for one activity, then use it for another.
Running shoes are not made to play tennis or basketball, and vice versa. If your foot pronates (flattens) or supinates (roles over), its best to know that before you buy the wrong type of shoe.
These insights are just scratching the surface.
If you have foot or ankle concerns and need to know what is going to be the best for you during your movement activities this coming warm season, call Sohl Foot & Ankle today at 267-699-3839 and schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
Stay safe out there!
PHOTO CAP: A specialized athletic shoe store is a great place to find shoes to meet your needs.