By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT
When shopping for athletic shoes, most people are more concerned with the color, the brand, or whatever the latest trendy shoe is at time. Albeit, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good at the gym, or on the track or field, as long as it’s the right shoe for what you are doing!
Ill fitting or improper shoes can cause numerous issues with your feet, knees, hips, and even posture. The physical fitness world offers a multitude of activities so there is a need for a multitude of proper shoes to go with those activities. As the saying goes “You wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight, would you?”
Here are a few tips to get you into the right pair of shoes:
- Do Your Research. With today’s technology, information on shoes is just a hop, skip, and Google search away! Research your activity and the apparatus needed. With a little web surfing, you can find articles, blogs, and reviews on any and all shoes. Be selective and objective when surfing the net, as you want to get the most helpful and credible information you can. Once you have an idea of what to look for….
- What’s your specialty? Seek out stores that specialize in your activity of interest. Their staff is usually comprised of people who partake in the same activity and are very knowledgeable. They can fit you properly and suggest the correct type and brand of shoe that would fit your needs.
- What’s your history? If you have or had prior foot, ankle, or knee issues, take your search one step (no pun intended) further. Make an appointment with a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist. Depending on the level of your injury/issue, they may run diagnostic test, x-rays, etc. And from the information they gather, can determine the correct type of shoe and, if needed, any orthotics or other apparatus needed.
For more in depth information, The AOFAS (American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society) printed an article “How to Select the Right Athletic Shoes” http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/pages/selecting-athletic-shoes.aspx
Following these helpful hints will increase your enjoyment of whatever activity you choose, and offer injury prevention and safety!
About the Author – Ann Corwin Marix
Ann’s start in health and wellness was (and still is) as a masseuse after, believe or not, hiring a personal trainer. See athletics, exercise and activity have always been a major part of my life; but over time life seemed to take over – work; raising a child; keeping a household took its toll and my “Me-time” seemed to disappear. Long story short, what was going to be a time to make myself feel better (by getting a massage after some a personal training session) became an eye opening experience and drove me to obtain my massage license and help others in relieving pain from injuries, trauma, or simply everyday life. Wanting to get back into exercise, I became a Jazzercise instructor and then wanting a closer relationship with clients, followed that experience by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Certified TRX Instructor. I love providing my clients with a unique and fun approach to help motivate and drive to obtain the results they want.