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5 Tips For Finding Comfortable Shoes

Buying shoes isn’t something most of us think too much about. We find a pair that looks good, maybe walk up and down the aisle a couple times with them onto make sure nothing rubs or pokes and that’s that. There are a few key details that can impact your visit dramatically and, if taken into consideration, can get you a shoe that will be more comfortable and healthier for your feet in the long run. Next time you love a pair of shoes, makes sure to consider these tips so you know they’ll love you back.

1. Don’t Try Shoes in the Morning

Your feet are changing throughout the day depending on your daily activities and overall health. It’s natural for your feet to expand throughout the day which means that a shoe that fits perfectly first thing in the morning might get a little snug later in the afternoon.

2. Take a Stroll in Your New Kicks

While walking up and down the aisle won’t give you a perfect representation of what it will be like to wear that pair of shoes day to day, it’s a great was to quickly see if you have a winning pair or need to try again. Don’t tell yourself that they’ll fit better as they break in, get shoes that fit well from day one.

3. No Two Feet are the Same, Get Measured!

Did you know the same person can have two different sized feet? Getting your feet measured every time you buy shoes cuts out having to guess which size or half size you are and ensures that your buying something actually made for your feet and not cramming into what ‘should’ fit. Generally, you should leave 3/8” to ½” of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Are you cool enough to have different sized feet? Seek out shoes that are the same size as the larger of your feet.

4. Shoes Come in ‘Wide’ Too

You finally found that perfect shoe. Oh so stylish, perfect length, and great support but…it’s compressing the ball of your foot. Never fear! Ask if the shoe comes in a wider size because a longer shoe likely won’t solve the problem in the long run.

5. Do Some Sole Searching

When looking at new athletic or work shoes, especially, check out the soles and the kind of tread they have. Walking on multiple kinds of surfaces like carpet, linoleum, and tile will give you a feel for how supportive they are as well as if they will be slippery on different surfaces. A good tread will give you better traction and cushioning while exerting yourself, offering better ankle, hip, and back protection.

Protective Footwear for Physical Labor Workers

All of us know to avoid stepping on sharp objects.  Simply looking out for what (literally) lies ahead helps to prevent serious injuries. This is harder for people who work in the construction field.

Foot injuries in this kind of industry is common, the two main categories are injuries from impact, compression, and puncture, and injuries from slips, trips, and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 89,000 (43%) of private industry non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses involved injuries to the ankle or foot. As a consequence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor determined workers in this field must wear protective footwear in the following situations (source: OSHA):

  • When heavy objects like barrels or tools might roll onto or fall on an employee’s foot;
  • Working with sharp objects such as nails or spikes that could pierce the soles or uppers of ordinary shoes;
  • Exposure to molten metal that might splash on feet or legs;
  • Working on or around hot, wet or slippery surfaces
  • Working when electrical hazards are present

Protective measures include the use of metatarsal, toe, foot, and shin guards; safety shoes; or simply leggings. There are several kind of safety shoes, such as electrically conductive shoes, electrical hazard shoes, and foundry shoes. Appropriate equipment is available for every trade.

For more information about protective footwear have a look at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3151.html#footandleg and https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2016/01/01/If-the-Shoe-Fits.aspx.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask your podiatrist for further information on how to take care of your feet, whether you are involved in physical labor or not.

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Summer Sports & The Shoes That Go With Them

For active participants engaging in sports on a regular basis proper shoes are essential when it comes to avoiding injuries and to remain competitive. We collected some recommendations to help you reach your full potential.

Basketball

Unlike some sports, where there may be a sprint from one base to another or walking from one green to the next, basketball is a constant motion with lateral movements. Ankle injuries are common, but the right equipment will minimize risks…

Recommendations:

– shoes with solid support throughout the whole shoe

– lightweight, but well-built

– mid-range ankle height

– find more information at http://basketball.isport.com/basketball-guides/how-to-choose-basketball-shoes

 

Soccer

Soccer is a sport with several different game positions. Professionals even use different styles of shoes depending on these positions and respective playing styles.

Recommendations:

From a safety perspective, make sure to have proper traction and a good fit, because you’ll be spending a ton of time running. There are many different kinds of soccer cleats. Check out this site to figure out what will fit you best: http://www.soccercleats101.com/2013/07/04/complete-guide-to-picking-the-right-pair-of-soccer-cleats/.

 

Biking

Biking shoes aren’t something that can just be “window-shopped.” They are made with pedal compatibility in mind and matching the shoe’s “cleat system” with the pedals is recommended.

Recommendation:

Don’t hesitate to talk to a sales representative at a local store about which shoes fit best to your bike. With biking shoes being a niche market, we recommend checking out this website to touch up on all the information you need to know when in the market for a new pair: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/cycling-shoes.html

 

Enjoy your summer sports and stay safe!

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Is your shoe your partner?

The summer is approaching and we can finally walk around without our winter jackets. It’s only a matter of time until we can start jogging along the Mississippi again or play basketball in the sun. So don’t forget about getting the right work-out partner: the right shoe. Every exercise requires a different type of shoe and choosing the wrong one may end up damaging your feet. Here are some simple tips to help you find the perfect shoe for you.

First, don’t make the multi-tasking shoe mistake. Some sports may require more cushioning, while others require a shoe with stability on the inside and outside of the foot to account for quick side-to-side movements. Buy a shoe specially made for your favorite sport. If you have two different exercises you enjoy, that’s even better.

Make sure you know your foot, because there is no one-size-fits-all shoe. Simply look at a pair of your shoes. If your shoes show the most wear on the inside edge, you would want to buy a shoe with a motion-control feature and maximum support. If it shows the most wear on the outside edge, look for a cushioned shoe with a soft midsole. When in doubt, ask your podiatrist for a consultation.

Most importantly, test your shoes. It is natural for your feet to swell after work-outs and later in the day. Test your work-out shoes in the afternoon or even after workouts to ensure they fit properly. Additionally, make sure to wear your work-out socks when testing shoes. The shoe might fit when you wear your every-day socks, but might be too small when you wear your work-out socks. Last, shoes do not wear in.  If they don’t feel comfortable when you’re trying them on, then don’t buy them.

For more information, please visit

https://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/Pages/Selecting-Athletic-Shoes.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/how-choose-athletic-shoes

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Athletic footwear

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.

Find out more: https://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/Pages/Selecting-Athletic-Shoes.aspx

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