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How to Choose Sports Shoes

With the outdoor splendor of summer here, many people are out shopping for new sports shoes. With all the choices and various types of athletic shoes available, the task can seem daunting at times. Be sure to choose a shoe store with knowledgeable and helpful staff and have any foot or ankle problems checked out by your foot doctor.

These tips will help you choose optimally the next time you’re buying sports shoes:

  • The main shoe type is based on the activity you will be doing—For example, shoes that are made for running would be a very poor choice on the tennis court since the structure and flexibility of the shoe would not support the side-to-side motion involved in playing tennis.
  • Have your feet properly measured—Every time you buy shoes have your feet measured. Feet change over time and your size may have increased since the last time.
  • Shop for shoes at the end of the day—Since your feet become larger due to expansion and fluid retention during the day, always try on new shoes towards the end of the day so you don’t buy shoes that are too tight.
  • Make sure you try on both shoes—Always try on both shoes and walk around to make sure they are a good fit. Shoes should feel comfortable immediately with very little break in time required.

Wearing sports shoes that are properly fitted with orthotic inserts can treat many foot and ankle problems including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and ankle instability. For a computerized gait analysis and custom orthotic inserts, see your foot doctor. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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