Choosing the right shoe for you

Choosing the right shoe for you

A well-known fact

There is no better feeling than when you wear a comfortable shoe. Comfortable shoes allow us to enjoy the activities of the day without pain. Wearing well-fitting shoes can also prevent potential health problems.

When to buy

Most shoes can last an average of three to twelve months. When you start wearing a shoe, you start to notice a difference in comfort. Used shoes can cause back pain, knee pain or sore feet. The time to replace your shoes is when the cushion has failed or the motion control has been lost.

What shoes to buy?

Everyone has a different foot. The best shoe for you is the one that gives you the proper fit, support, cushioning and flexibility.

Choose a well-padded stability shoe that compensates for irregularities in your foot or stride.

Some common irregularities of the feet

High arched feet

A high arched foot does not fit much at all. There is a very curved arch inside the foot. In addition, the toes seem to be in a scratched position. Very curved feet are very rigid and can not absorb shocks in contact with the ground. This is because the foot is not able to roll inward when it comes into contact with the ground. This lack of pronation can cause heel, knee, shin and back problems. The insertion of special pads into the shoes, which compensate for this condition, treats heavily arched feet. The pads allow the feet to absorb shocks more easily. People who have high arched feet should avoid stability shoes or motion control, which reduce the mobility of the feet.

Flat foot

The term “Flat foot” refers to people who have a low arch, or no arch at all. Sometimes they are said to have "fallen arches". Most people's feet have a space on the inner side when the bottom of the foot comes in contact with the ground. This is called the arch. The height of the arch varies in size from one person to another. Flat foot are generally a hereditary condition. The best shoe for this condition would be a motion control or stability shoe with a firm midsole.

More or less pronation.

Excessive pronation is the excessive rolling movement of the foot inwards. This inner movement is considered unhealthy because it can cause a lot of tension in the back, ankles, knees and lower legs. Excessive pronation can cause shin splints, plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome. Pronation occurs when the outside of the foot is impacted by impact when in contact with the ground. This condition can cause problems to the ligaments of the feet and ankles. The stability shoes feature a dual density midsole or roll bar to help combat pronation problems.

Some useful tips to buy shoes

  • Shop late in the day. Feet tend to swell as the day progresses. Shoes purchased in the morning will be tight during the afternoon.

  • Buy shoes thinking about your health and comfort. Your foot size changes every year. Always measure your foot first. This should give you a general range when you are considering different styles of shoes. Choose shoes that have the shape of your foot.

  • Check to see how the sole feels on the bottom of your foot. He should have a soft cushion and support. People with high arches usually need more support.

  • Get up and take a quick walk to get an idea of ​​the shoe. Your feet should not slide inside and there should be some room beyond the bigger toe. But not more than 1/2 inch.

Remember, you should never have to "break" a tight shoe.

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