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Finding Athletic Shoes for Your Feet

In the dynamic world of athletic footwear, finding the perfect fit is paramount for optimal performance and foot health. Whether you are an athlete or a casual exerciser, understanding your foot type and specific needs will guide your selection process. Flat feet, overpronation, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis are just a few factors that can influence your shoe selection process. Seek out shoes with features tailored to your sports or exercise needs. Remember to prioritize fit. This can be done by shopping towards the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen and making sure of the correct size. Differentiate between motion control, stability, and cushioned shoes to find the style that best suits your requirements, whether you need maximum support or prefer a more flexible option. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis and examination of your feet to help in determining the particular needs you may have to help in choosing the right athletic shoes for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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