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What is the Right Athletic Shoe for My Feet?

It is estimated that our feet travel five times around the earth on average during our lifetime!

I have always wondered what is the most suitable shoe that will make me endure and not hurt a difficult day with a lot of walking and a lot of standing. In addition to the nice color, brand and shape, I have to take into account many other more basic parameters such as the way I walk, where I stand, the shape of my foot, my weight, etc. So I can determine which is the most suitable shoe for me.

Before you buy a sneaker you should visit a physiotherapist to analyze the way you walk. A foot scan would also help.

You need to keep in mind that:

  • The heel should have a wide base and should not be higher than 4 cm.
  • The sole should provide comfort and protection when walking and keep the foot stable.
  • The back (upper side) of the shoe should be made of soft fabric, so that it is comfortable.
  • The front side should be deep enough so that the toes can move freely when walking.
  • The arch of the foot: Normal is the arch of the foot that you turn slightly inwards the soles while the heel presses outwards.
  • In a high foot arch, because you support and drop your weight on the outside of the sole, you need soft and flexible shoes with a large lining to absorb vibrations.
  • In a low arch, because you twist the soles inward too much, you need firm shoes that you can control and avoid any injury.
  • Tying: the laces help to keep the foot firmly inside the shoe. The higher you tie a sneaker to your ankle, the more stable your foot is in there.

So in addition to the anatomy of the sole you must pay attention:

  1. The shoe should have a good lining. It is very important for the protection of the joints! Usually after wrong choices you notice after 2-3 weeks muscle pain in calves, shins and soles. In the long run there will be a problem in the joints and this will affect the ankles, knees, hips and waist.
  2. The number of the athlete you will choose should be at least half a number bigger (1cm) than the normal one, because when you exercise there is a tendency for the sole to “escape”, that is, it slips forward in front of the shoe, resulting in minor injuries to the toes.
  3. And yes!!!! sneakers have a lifespan! and this is estimated at 550 km when you run. In these the sole begins to wear, lose its elasticity and compress resulting in an increased risk of any injury.
  4. I have been asked when I think the best time to buy a sneaker. In the afternoon the feet are usually swollen due to gravity and heat after so many movements. As a result, the soles of the feet swell a few millimeters.