Tips for Buying the Best Sport Shoes
An excerpt from my book Build Strong Healthy Feet Banish Aches & Pains.
When you run, your feet hit the ground more than 1,000 times per mile! In aerobics, the weight of your body slams into your soles, which are usually hitting against a concrete or wood-based floor (most gyms have a layer of carpeting down to cushion impact, but unless specially constructed to be spring-loaded the layer under the carpet is generally very hard). Tennis and other racquet sports cause you to twist and turn your feet unnaturally when reaching to return a wayward shot.
So you can see the importance of spending the money to buy a well-made specific sport shoe that is especially designed to be supportive, cushioned in the right places and comfortable for your feet. By wearing the proper sports footwear, you reduce chances of developing overuse injuries such as shin splints, arch strain, blisters and tendonitis.
The ideal sport shoe will not only support your feet, but will provide cushioning to the ankles, knees, hips and back. You can give yourself extra protection by investing in Dr. Scholl’s Air-Pillow Comfort Insoles or other foot pads found in your local sport stores, etc. You can cut them to fit perfectly inside any shoe. If you use them regularly, be sure and take a pair with you when trying on future new shoes. This is an inexpensive way to provide additional comfort to any shoe, but particularly walking, running, sport or dancing shoes.