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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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Foot fashion and foot health

Everyone knows skirts go well with stilettos, but did you know hammertoes, calluses and bunions are frequent companions as well?

Wearing uncomfortable shoes can have serious consequences and may even require surgical treatment; however, anyone who believes “beauty knows no pain” should at least try to prevent potential injuries. Always have a second pair of comfortable shoes around, in case you are confronted with a cobble stone street or are doing daily chores. Consider reducing the heel height to one or two inches and ask your sales associate for chunky and kitten heels.

Fashion lovers should regularly visit a podiatrist to screen for insidious foot and ankle deformities. Check out remedies for pain, such as toe spacers and bunion pads. Don’t let style destroy the natural beauty of your feet. And don’t forget: you won’t need heels at the next pool party anyway.

Find out more: http://www.dmc.org/dwhfoothealth

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“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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Pay attention to the words, “the right shoes”, not ill-fitting shoes. That would be a fashion faux pas, right? 75% of people wear the wrong shoes, according to David G Armstrong, professor of Surgery at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago.

What’s best you ask? Barefoot! Research has concluded that people were healthier before the invention of shoes! A South African study in the podiatry journal The Foot, in 2007, studied 180 modern humans from three different population groups (Sotho, Zulu, and European) and compared them to 2,000-year-old skeletons. The Zulu, who often go barefoot, had the healthiest feet of the modern humans.

Ok, so you don’t have to really go barefoot, but ditch the heels from time to time and replace them with shoes that have little to no flexion (ie: when shopping for shoes, if you can fold it, it’s not a good shoe. Put it down and try again). Your body will thank you later!

Finding the correct running and walking shoes

Finding the correct running shoe

Ill fitting shoes are the primary cause of many medical problems including corns, hammer toes, ingrown toenails, and bunions.  Your feet are counting on your shoe to protect your feet from hazards on the ground and to cushion your stride. The right shoe will also compensate for any imbalances in your form and keep you balanced. Many people buy shoes that are too small since they don’t factor in the spread of the foot when it strikes the surface of the ground.

Since there are so many factors involved in choosing the proper shoe, it’s best to turn to the experts.  There are shoe stores that specialize in running shoes and they may be your best bet in getting the correct shoe for your feet.  Be sure to consider the following: how far and often you run and on what surfaces. Make sure you walk around as much as possible before purchasing since you want to be sure the shoes don’t feel too tight or too loose.  Be sure to keep track of the date of purchase so that you don’t keep running shoes longer than six months or more than 500 miles.  As a final note, price does not necessarily indicate the quality of the shoe.

If you’re a walker…

There is a difference between walking shoes and running shoes.  The main distinction is the way the foot meets the ground.  In walking, the heel connects first then the foot rolls, lifting off the ground from the toes.  In running, the foot connects with the pavement either flat-footed or with the forefoot.  Walking shoes should have enough cushion to lessen the impact but not too much to make the shoe heavy during long walks.  Walking shoes should also have more flexibility at the forefoot for the roll.

Running is a high-impact sport and the shoes should have more cushion on the surface that connects with the ground.  This is why there is a flared heel on running shoes.  The part of the foot that impacts the ground first varies by individual.  Running shoes should also be flexible, but the point of most flexibility needed is determined by the point of impact of the individual runner.