As an athlete, your feet may be the most important part of your body. They bear the entirety of your body weight and allow for the performance of the athletic maneuvers that are necessary to succeed at your sport. To avoid injuries that will cause you to miss time away from your sport, you need to make sure your feet are protected during competition and practices. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our expert podiatrist, Dr. Hochstein, has advice on the guidelines you should follow when looking to purchase athletic footwear.
Common Foot Injuries
As an athlete, few things can be more devastating than suffering from an injury. If you’re not wearing the proper footwear, you leave yourself susceptible to a wide range of injuries. The most common ones to watch for include:
- Ligament sprains.
- Turf toe.
- Heel Spurs.
Choosing Your Footwear
When it comes to choosing your athletic footwear, doing so based on price and style alone could be a huge mistake. While the look of your shoes will not protect you, their functionality can. To keep your feet healthy and reduce the risk of sustaining an injury, consider following the below advice:
- Wear a different pair of shoes for each athletic activity in which you participate.
- Be sure to measure your foot frequently. Your shoe size could change often, meaning you could need to purchase a different size than you’re accustomed.
- Try to purchase new athletic shoes at the end of the day or after a workout.
- Shoes should fit snuggly, but not so tight that it cuts off circulation.
- The toe box of the shoe should be wide enough for your toes to have room to stretch out.
- Soles should be cushioned and offer shock absorption.
- After about 300 to 500 miles, replace your running shoes.
- When buying cleats, make sure you are purchasing ones made specifically for your sport.
When it comes to picking out your next pair of athletic footwear, being unprepared on what to look for can lead to some unfortunate results. Dr. Hochstein and the rest of our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care want to keep you healthy and competing. If you’d like to learn about more athletic footwear guidelines or to schedule an appointment for treatment, be sure to contact our team today!