The right shoe is extremely important when it comes to how the body moves and providing structural support. Running, walking, weight lifting and cardio exercises place large amounts of stress on the legs and feet. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly can cause an athlete to trip or fall. Knowing the type of exercise a person is planning on participating in will help them to choose the correct shoe. Most stores that sell athletic shoes designed for different types of exercises will have on staff someone who can properly fit the shoes to the person’s foot.
The Importance of Having the Right Shoes
Structural support, proper fit and level of traction are three of the most important aspects of an athletic shoe. Before going to a shoe store, a person needs to understand the body mechanics required for whatever activity they plan on participating in. Arch support, support for the ankle and positive traction are things that a person will need to look for in a proper fitting shoe. A sales rep will properly measure both the length and width of the foot in an attempt to reduce slippage within the shoe as the body moves.
Individuals who walk or run as their primary form of exercise need to have shoes that have good traction as well as firm supports for both the arch and the ankle. Walking on concrete, asphalt and other hard surfaces put more pressure on the feet and joints of the legs than softer surfaces such as grass and artificial turf. The same is true for running. Running puts even more pressure on the feet than walking, so it is important to choose a shoe that offers maximum support for the ankles and the arches. Shoes that are specifically made for running and walking have firm supports to prevent the pressure from the weight of the body from damaging the arches and pads of the foot. One of the things a sales person will look at is the wear pattern on a person’s current pair of shoes. This will show them how the person walks and where extra support may be needed.
Athletes who lift weights as part of their exercise program need shoes that have shoes with firm, rubberized soles that offer maximum traction and minimum slippage. During most weight lifting moves, the athlete’s feet are stationary. There are few lifts which involve taking a small step to stabilize the body once the weight has been lifted off the ground. This means that whatever shoes are chosen must be able to resist slipping and sliding. Keeping the feet firmly in place is important if the person expects to avoid any type of injury. Shoes designed for bodybuilders and weight lifters must also provide firm support to the ankles and the arches of the feet.