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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in our country. The good news, however, is that there are steps we can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. One of these is to exercise regularly. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips on purchasing the most important piece of equipment for any sport or fitness routine: your shoes.

  • Get the right shoe for your sport. Athletic shoes are designed for each sport to specifically support the feet in the type of movement that the activity requires. Running shoes, for example are built for more impact; tennis shoes are built for side to side movement and sudden stops and turns. If you don’t intend to specialize in one particular sport, look for a sturdy cross training shoe that has good arch support and a roomy toe box.
  • Go for a fitting at a shoe store that specializes in athletic gear. Many people are wearing shoes that don’t fit properly because they think they already know their size. Feet can also change size over the years.
  • Try on both shoes and take some time walking around the store to assess fit and comfort. Try to replicate the actions you most often do in your chosen sport or activity. Many running shoe stores, for example, have a treadmill in the store to test out the shoes before you buy them.
  • Replace athletic shoes when they are worn out. Running/walking shoes are usually good for 300-500 miles, tennis and basketball shoes can go 45-60 hours of play. 

Another way to ensure you get the right shoe is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can make shoe recommendations after examining your feet and assessing your gait. The foot doctor will also take into consideration past injuries and current foot conditions to make sure affected areas are protected.

Protect your heart and help the rest of your body with safe, regular exercise. For more information on fitness shoes, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
September 16, 2013
Category: None

Athletic ShoesNo matter what sport you play, the type of shoe you wear while playing your favorite game is one of your most important pieces of equipment.  Choosing the most appropriate, supportive athletic shoes for your specific sport and foot structure can make a huge difference in keeping your feet healthy and comfortable while improving your performance.  Serious back, knee, hip and heel pain; Achilles tendonitis; fractures; and painful blisters are some of the common conditions faced by athletes wearing the wrong footwear.  

From soccer and tennis to golf and basketball, the structure of your foot and any abnormalities should be considered when selecting a proper shoe for your activity.  Look for a shoe that combines flexibility, support and cushioning to absorb impact and lessen shock on the feet.   Before selecting an athletic shoe, it is always recommended to consult The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. in Pooler, GA for a professional evaluation of your foot type, any underlying deformities and helpful shoe buying tips.

Types of Shoes

There are unique variations in the way different athletic shoes support your feet.  This means that it’s not good to play football in the same shoes you use for jogging. Your feet require different support for different activities and movement.

A good sports shoe should be fitted to support the foot in position that is most natural to the movement required.  For instance, a running shoe is designed to accommodate high impact while a shoe built for tennis or basketball provides a combination of flexibility and sideways support.

Out with the Old

Like most things, your athletic shoes will wear out after a period of time. An old, worn out shoe is a common cause of sport-related injuries.  If you run, track your mileage to determine when your shoes have endured too much activity, and when you notice obvious wearing of the soles or you sense a lack of cushioning from the shoes, it may be time to buy a new pair.

Remember, the best pair of athletic footwear doesn’t have to be expensive to support the needs of your feet and body during a workout.  There are numerous shoes available that will fit both your needs and your budget. When you’re feet are protected by the right footwear, you can reduce the likelihood of injury.  Visit our Pooler office for an evaluation and shoe recommendations.



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