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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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How to exercise your feet

There are many ways to maintain healthy feet throughout the year. One of them is to exercise them regularly. Our feet are made up of extrinsic and intrinsic muscles. These muscles are either connected to larger parts of our body or they are within the structure of our feet. These muscles make up 25% of our body’s muscles. Therefore, it is important to exercise them as they relate directly to proper foot mechanics and whole body balance.

The exercises that you can participate in include toe lifts, toe abduction, stretching the toe flexors, strengthening the bottom of your feet, foot circles, points with therabands, and even walking barefoot. All of these exercises are simple to partake in and do not require the time that other extensive workouts at the gym do. From the comfort of your own home, you can do these exercises and improve the health of your feet at your own pace.

For more information, please visit http://www.active.com/tennis/articles/7-exercises-for-fitter-feet

Woman walking in mountains in sport shoes

Woman walking in mountains in sport shoes

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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Exercises for your feet!

These are exercises to keep your feet and ankles flexible and relaxed.  The exercises below should be done while you’re seated.

 

  • Focus on relaxing the muscles in your feet, one at a time.  Take deep, relaxing breaths.  Wiggle your toes.
  • Gently stretch your feet out and point your big toes forward.  Next point your toes straight up.  Alternate these stretches.  Press down gently on the balls of your feet and pads of your toes; lifting your heels.
  • Roll the bottom of your foot around connecting the points of your foot in a circular order, heels, the right side, toes, and left side. Repeat several times, then do the same with the opposite foot.
  • Massage your feet with your fingers and thumbs.

Healthy feet are happy feet!

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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.