Finding the right footwear

Greetings, salaam, shalom and namaste to you and all. I trust you’re safe, well and in good spirits.

Today I would like to speak about these, often misunderstood and common, foot conditions.

Wearing the right shoe for the right activity is essential for comfort and to prevent problems.

In general, look for shoes with lower heels, non-skid soles, heel support, enough room for your toes, and a cushioned arch. 

General running and walking shoes are designed for forward movement. They are not recommended for other activities.

The correct road running shoe is dependent on the type of running you are likely to do, so take into consideration possible mileage, arch type, pronation and cushioning.

Trail running shoes need to be able to deal with soft, muddy surfaces or hard/rocky terrain, so choose carefully.

Gym workouts and weightlifting usually require a lot of side-to-side and pivoting movements so choose a cross-trainer that fits your foot well and provides ample support for the feet and ankles.

Use a style designed for a specific sport, such as football and tennis.

Hiking footwear is dependent on how you intend to use them. If you’re in scrubby, muddy woodland terrain, you might want a more durable, heavy-duty boot. However, if you’re in wintery, snowy conditions, look for warmth and padding as a key priority. If you’re looking to cover rocky, stony ground with a lack of traction, look for something that can provide you with a dynamic, flexible grip.

Thanks for reading and on behalf of everyone at the Foot Comfort Centre we hope you have a great day.

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