Some enjoy a quiet run along the Mississippi, others prefer team sports. Both kinds of activities require appropriate athletic footwear. But what is appropriate? Can I use my running shoes for an occasional round of basketball? Is it harmful to use my basketball shoes to go for a jog? And what is the purpose of cross training shoes?
The general rule of thumb is if you participate in a sport more than three times a week, you are well-advised to purchase sport-specific shoes like running shoes or soccer shoes. If you are doing one specific sport less regularly and are engaging in a variety of sports instead, using cross training shoes is best.
Most importantly, consider the general state of your feet. Neither running nor cross training shoes can naturally correct over-pronation or shin splints. You might have to purchase a specific brand. Additionally, your podiatrist can recommend additional remedies such as using special soles. Professional and paraprofessional athletes in particular must pay attention to these factors, because an injury can have long-term consequences for both their leisurely activities and professional life.