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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

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You may consider it savvy saving a buck on workout clothes, but I would not advise this when purchasing Athletic shoes.  Fail to keep your feet healthy and you can encounter countless problems which will negatively affect your fitness goals, maybe even derail them altogether.  Some of these problems specific to your feet can be blisters, bunions, corns, heel spurs, and ingrown nails.  More serious conditions that can develop include Metatarsalgia, Plantar Fasciitis, sprains and fractures.  Any of these can set your workout regimen back by days, weeks or even months.  Compensating for bad shoes can not only lead to the aforementioned problems but can contribute to ankle, knee, hip and back injuries.  

Do your homework

Take time to figure out the best type of athletic shoe to use for the activity you are performing.  Don’t just use a pair of running shoes to go play basketball or to golf or to play football.  The shoe industry didn’t just make different types of shoes for the sole purpose of increasing their bottom line and screwing you out of your hard earned dollars.  This thought did cross my mind as I tend to be cynical myself but in the case of athletic shoes there are good reasons to develop a variety of shoes.  If you’re running pick a running shoe, if you’re playing basketball get a good pair of court shoes.  There are athletic shoes for many types of workouts.  These shoes provide different support depending on the stressors placed on the foot and body by the activity you are doing. 

Once you have the right type of shoe, don’t blow it by grabbing a cheap discount pair.  Buy the shoes from a reputable company.  They tend to design their shoes with higher quality material with the support your foot needs.  Brands such as Nike, Brooks, New Balance, Adidas, Asics, and Reeboks have been around, and all provide quality shoes.  Always try on your new pair of shoes before you buy. They should feel wearable right away with no break in period needed.  They should also have no seems or edges on the inside of the upper that will rub against your foot. 

The Wear Out Factor

Sadly, even a high quality footwear will wear out with use.  This is not the time to get nostalgic or to pinch pennies.  It is important to replace them when there are signs of wear, unevenness or noticeable creasing.  As an example, researchers suggest replacing running/walking shoes at about 300-500 miles of use, and basketball, crossfit, aerobic dance or tennis shoes at about 45-60 hours of use.  Other activities such as weight lifting can cause wear to the sole and cushioning with little visible outer damage.  These should be replaced annually.   Replacing athletic shoes this often may seem wasteful and expensive but taking care of your feet can save you a lot of heart ache and pain in the long run. 

My Advice

Outfitting your feet with the correct high quality shoes for the workout you are doing will go a long way in ensuring you have a safe and effective exercise regimen.  Take the time to find the best shoes for you so that you don’t ruin your training plan with an easily avoidable injury.

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