Finding Athletic Shoes to Help with Chiropractic Care
HOW TO SELECT ATHLETIC SHOES
Part 2: Shoe Purchasing Tips
1) Shop at a Specialty Store
… whose principal expertise is in athletic shoes. Employees at these stores are often trained to recommend an athletic shoe that matches your foot type and stride pattern.
2) Shop Later in the Day
… when your feet are generally at their largest. Wear the type of socks you usually wear during exercise. If you use orthotic devices for postural support, wear them when trying on your shoes.
3) Match the Shoe to the Activity
Select a shoe specific to the activity or sport in which you will participate. Running shoes are primarily designed to absorb the shock of the heel striking the ground. Tennis shoes, in contract, provide more side-to-side stability. And walking shoes allow the foot to roll and push off naturally and have a fairly rigid arch, a well-cushioned sole and stiff heel support for stability.
4) Have Your Feet Measured Every Time
It’s important to have the length and width of both feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Foot size often changes with age, and most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Also, many podiatrists and chiropractors suggest that you measure your feet while standing in a weight-bearing position. This is because the foot elongates and flattens when you stand, affecting the measurement and fit of your shoe.
5) Make Sure the Shoe Fits Correctly
Choose shoes for their present fit, not by the size you’ve worn in the past. The shoe should fit with the index finger’s width between the tip of the shoe and the longest toe. The box should have adequate room and not feel tight. The heel of your foot should fit snugly against the back of the shoe without sliding up and down as you walk or run. If possible, keep the shoe on for 10 minutes before purchasing to make sure it remains comfortable.