While exercising, the way we use our muscles, joints and tendons is key to a successful workout. In order to facilitate proper body mechanics, your shoes need to be appropriate for the type of exercise and your specific feet. Many common injuries, including plantar fasciitis, shin splints or stress fractures, can be prevented and helped with the proper athletic shoes.”
Follow the steps below when selecting athletic shoes:
Know your activity:
The type of shoe will vary depending on the type of activity. Running long distances is best done in a running shoe. The type of shoe, whether neutral, stability or motion control, depends on an athlete’s individual foot type and function. Some runners can use lighter shoes for up-tempo runs and speed work, but not all will benefit from these types of shoes. Court sports, such as tennis and basketball, almost always require shoes specific to the individual sport with added side-to-side support.
Be generous with size:
While sizing down into shoes is never recommended, it is an especially bad idea for athletic shoes. Make sure there is enough space in the toe area when the shoe is tied; about a thumbnail length of extra space is recommended so the toes don’t continually hit the front of the shoe while exercising. In addition, feet shouldn’t be rubbing against the sides and the back of the shoes to prevent blisters, calluses and corns. That being said, shoes should still be tight enough to prevent the feet from sliding around easily within the shoe.
Know your style:
This isn’t referring to fashion style, but rather running style. Determine your motion mechanics or pronation, meaning whether your foot rolls in, out or neither. An over-pronator rolls the foot significantly inward during motion while feet that over supinate roll excessively outward during. The type of pronation will help determine the structure of the shoe and the amount of stability necessary for proper running.
Whenever possible, get fitted at a specialty store. The salespeople will know the different types of shoes available. Many stores have treadmills with cameras set up to record your stride. This can visibly show you your pronation type and any additional stride specifics that can help determine the best shoe type for your feet.
For any problems, see The Podiatrist.
Foot pain during pregnancy is a common sign and occurs due to an increased growth of the baby, which increases the size of the uterus. Sometimes, it can be really severe and cannot be tolerated. Most women have mild to moderate forms of foot pain during pregnancy. However, you need not worry as there are certain tips to prevent or treat your foot pain during pregnancy.
So, read onto know some of the tips to prevent foot pain during pregnancy.
Foot Pain During Pregnancy – Tips to Prevent!
Here are some of the simple yet effective tips for preventing foot pain during pregnancy:
- Do not stand for a long periods and avoid walking barefoot for a long time as
well. Take short breaks and sit down or if possible elevate your both the feet.
- Loose ligaments, extra weight, and decreased balance – all requires extra support.
So, all you need to do is wear properly fitted shoes and see The Podiatrist for
advice on arch supports.
- Do not even stand still for a long time. Walk for some time and take rest. Walking
will ensure that it pumps the extra fluid out of your feet and legs. Make sure
that you rest frequently.
- You can wear compression stockings that would decrease the swelling. Use knee-high
stockings that are good. You can also use thigh-high stockings as well. This
ensures that extra fluid does not collect around your knees or feet.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. Avoid the use of salts in your daily food as
this increases the fluid retention.
- Swim for some time or take bath; the water applies an outside pressure on the feet
that has swelling. This helps in reducing the swelling.
- Another excellent way is to rest on your left side as this decreases the pressure on
blood vessels, which allows more fluid to move from your legs to the upper
These are some of the tips to prevent pregnancy foot pain. I hope that if you are pregnant and one among who is suffering from foot pain, then follow the above tips to have a painless and happy pregnancy.
This information does not replace proper medical advice. Please see The Podiatrist if you have any problems.
The core principals of the Dr Comfort slippers and footwear range are:
- Total satisfaction in look, feel, quality and fit
- Every shoe style offers extra depth in the toe box and is available in a large range of shoe sizes and 3 widths to accommodate even the most difficult to fit foot.
- Easy shoes and slippers to put on, many with Velcro fastening
- The use of top quality natural materials in all footwear. Most of the uppers and linings are made from the finest top grain leathers.
- Belief that proper shoe fitting can alleviate foot complications.
- The Podiatrist in Remuera, Birkenhead, Orewa, New Lynn, Westgate and Westview is trained in the shoe fitting process, and we have experts on-site and available to help tackle the most difficult of foot issues.
- Continual improvement of the Dr Comfort range from heel to toe, to make it the very best it can be.
- Have a positive impact on the daily lives of our customers and their well being.
- A great range of socks to accompany the shoes- made from Bamboo fibres to keep feet warm and dry and prevent infections.
- Before you buy any other shoes, see the specialists.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact The Podiatrist today.