Whether or not your exercise regimen involves walking, running, sports or gym equipment, a proper sports shoe is a necessity. An injury caused by inappropriate footwear can unnecessarily disrupt your fitness programme or weight loss efforts. Investing in a top-quality trainer can help you prevent foot and ankle injuries, and make your workout a more enjoyable and comfortable experience.

Types of Shoe

An assortment of sports footwear are available on the market for all types of exercise:

  • Running shoes that come with inbuilt shock absorbers are available for joggers, and light walking shoes are available for walkers.
  • Aerobic shoes are lightweight and shock absorbent to avoid foot weakness and to pad the ball of the foot, which is put under direct pressure from aerobic exercise.
  • Tennis shoes have more flexible soles to guard your feet from the swift side-to-side movements of the sport of tennis.
  • Thick-soled, high top basketball sneakers offer additional protection against foot and ankle injuries caused by jumping.
  • Cross-training shoes are available as well. These are more suitable if you engage in a number of sports or exercise cycles in your workout.

Choosing a Shoe

It is recommended that the type of shoe you choose ought to depend on the sport you are most involved in. If you perform a particular type of exercise three or more times a week, choose a matching sports shoe. Leave about a centimetre and a half between your big toe and the tip of the shoe and ensure that you can easily move your toes. Bend the shoe to check if it is not too flexible as this can point out a lack of support.

Benefits of a Proper Shoe

Choosing the appropriate shoe can aid protecting you against injuries commonly associated with your kind of work-out. Good shoes can reduce the impact of your step and pad the foot from hefty landings. In addition, shoes specific to a particular sport or exercise can improve your performance, allowing, for example, quick changes in direction.

Foot Injuries and Shoes

Incorrect workout shoes can cause numerous injuries. Above and beyond the more recognisable injuries, such as ankle sprains and fractures, bunions and calluses, some other lesser known injuries, are common as well. Metatarsalgia, a condition which comes as great pain in the ball of the foot, can be easily worsened by poorly fitting footwear.

Replacing Your Shoes

Old sports shoes do not offer your feet the suitable protection during your workout. Running shoes should be replaced after every 560 to 800 kilometres (on average). If you run 30 km in a week, this means you should replace your shoes every 20 to 25 weeks. It is advised not to judge the condition of your shoes from the treads on the bottom. Rather, check the mid-sole of the shoe that will show damage sooner.

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