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Wellness Center in Denver Explains How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoe

March 1, 2017

No matter how many stretches you do or how perfect your form is, if you’re not wearing the right athletic shoe when you exercise, you could easily injure yourself. Buying athletic shoes is not just about finding a style that matches your workout gear. It’s about finding the shoe that will provide you with the support and comfort you need to stay injury-free. According to the experts at Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver, here’s how you can choose the right athletic shoe:

Do a wet test.

There’s no way to know which type of athletic shoe you need until you get to know the shape of your foot. To do this, perform a wet test, which involves dipping your foot into water and then stepping on a solid surface such as a piece of paper or concrete. Now, step back and look at the shape your foot created. If you can only see part of your heel and upper foot, and the two areas are narrowly connected, this means you have high arches and will need a cushioned shoe. However, if you can see the majority of your foot in your wet footprint, this means you have either low arches or flat feet, so you will need a shoe with a lot of support. Learn more about the wet test here.

Narrow down your options by the activity.

What do you plan on doing in your athletic shoes? Some shoes are designed for runners, while others are designed for people who lift weights or do aerobics. If you plan on running, choose running shoes, otherwise look for a shoe that is marketed as a cross-trainer, which means it is ideal for exercises performed on a flat, hard surface.

Don’t shop for shoes in the morning.

Believe it or not, the size of your foot will increase and decrease throughout the day. In the morning, your foot is at its smallest, but throughout the day, it begins to expand as you get up and moving. It also expands when you exercise, so it’s best to shop for shoes towards the end of the day. This way, you are trying on shoes at a time where your feet have expanded to the same size they will be during a workout.

Look for comfort.

Many people believe that shoes need to be “broken in” before they are comfortable, but that’s not true. If a shoe isn’t comfortable right when you put it on, it’s not the best shoe for your foot. Get up and walk around the store while wearing the shoes to ensure your feet are comfortable. If you feel pinching or discomfort, ask the salesperson to see another shoe instead of hoping that the shoes will become more comfortable after you wear them a few times.

At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we are devoted to helping our patients prevent and treat pain. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff!