Which shoe is right for you?
Shoes come in all shapes and sizes but how do we know what shoes we SHOULD wear? As a rule of thumb, the more support the better. That does not mean you cannot wear flip-flops, just don’t wear them ALL the time. The best shoes to wear are those that support your entire foot, such as sneakers. Secondly, it is important to consider your daily activities. If you like to walk, buy walking shoes; If you like to play basketball, buy shoes specifically for basketball. Each type of shoe is different in the amount of padding, arch support, flexibility, and stability they provide. In general shoes can be grouped into 3 categories:
- Motion control (for flat feet)
- Stability (for normal feet)
- Cushioned (for high arched feet)
The proper shoe depends on your arch, as well as how much ankle motion you get during heel strike and push-off during walking/running. Common problems experienced from picking the improper shoe include shin splints, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and hip pain. Physical therapists are trained to look at all of these aspects and can help guide you to the proper shoe you should wear as well as to help treat the common injuries listed.
Listed below are a few websites that can help you make more informed decisions on proper footwear:
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