Why We Recommend Wearing Activity-Specific Shoes
One of the most simple ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries is to wear the appropriate footwear when engaging in your favorite physical activities.Giving careful consideration to the type of activity or exercise you will be engaging in is a great first step in determining what type of shoe is best for you.
Different activities put strain on different muscle groups and tendons. When engaging in aerobic activity, for example, the ball of your foot absorbs considerable pressure and presents an opportunity for injury. A shoe specifically designed for aerobic activity is carefully designed to absorb that shock to take some of that pressure off of the ball of your foot. Basketball shoes are another great example. They are designed as high tops to provide additional protection against ankle injuries, prompted by jumping on the slick courts. They also have a thick sole to enable quick side-to-side movements. By lessening the impact of each step you take, your feet and ankles have to take on less of a burden.
Donning a shoe that will support your chosen physical activity can also help improve performance. When you’re not wearing the right shoe, an ill-fitting pair can cause you pain which will distract you from performing. A low-profile cross-trainer, for example is an ideal shoe for weightlifting, an activity that relies on a stable foot. The sturdy design of this shoe type will also work for a wide range of activities at the gym.
If you’re engaging in an activity or sport three times a week or more, finding the right shoe is essentially. Regardless of age, wearing shows that are appropriate for the type of activity you’re engaging can have a major impact on injury performance or prevention.