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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.