Sport Specific Shoes

Avoiding Sport’s Injurys; Like Ankle Sprains, Turf Toe, Ingrown Toenails (paronychia) Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Sever’s Disease (Syndrome – Dumb to call it a Disease) 🙂 Stress Fractures and More)

ballet feetAs both a coach of multiple sports and as a foot specialist (Podiatrist), I have learned the importance of Sport-specific shoes and how they can really elevate your game and help you avoid injury. Make sure not to just have your feet measured but  make sure that the shoe fitter knows to check the length of your foot from heel to ball – yeah, kinda different hugh?  That funny little gauge that is rested against the side of your big toe actually measures the true size of your foot.  Although your foot may measure a size “9” from heel to toe, the true length of your foot could measure a “10” from “heel to ball”.  You guessed it, that means you should actually be wearing a size “10”.  Many shoe fitters don’t understand this.  So when a shoe salesman is running to get you larger sizes because the measured size just doesn’t cut it, that means they don’t really have a clue about the true size of your foot, or even worse they don’t know the ins-and-outs of the variances in the shapes of the shoes they carry. Politely excuse yourself, and find a specialty shoe store to buy your new kicks.

If you play a sport at least two to three times a week, you should wear a sport-specific shoe.

Sports-InjuriesHere are some general guidelines for choosing the proper shoe for your sport:

BASKETBALL
Common foot injuries include: sprains, tendinitis, and stress fractures
The ideal basketball shoe should:
• Have a thick, rigid sole that gives support while running and jumping while not being so flexible that your foot has to absorb all of the force.
• High-tops will give you the support to cut quicker and change directions better on your cross-over.
SOCCER
Common foot injuries include: sprained ankles, ingrown toenails and turf toe.

Football playerThe ideal soccer cleats should:

• Not smash your toes together.
• or on the flip side, not have more than a half inch of space (typically – the sideways thumb trick on the front of your shoes) so you don’t jamb the front of your shoes into the turf when ripping a shot to the top corner of the goal.

• Have the right stud (cleat) type for the type of field that you will be playing on most often.

soft, hard, or firm.

FOOTBALL & LACROSSE
Common foot injuries include: Heel Pains (especially in the 10-14 year old players), turf toe, Achilles tendinitis.
The ideal football cleat should:
• A decent amount of high ankle support if you are playing on the line or if you have had ankle issues and you play a position where you make frequent cuts (sideways movements)
during play.
• Allow for proper traction in both wet and dry conditions, as well as

  • Have the right stud (cleat) type for the type of field that you will be playing on most often.

RUNNING
Common foot injuries include: Heel and Arch pain (plantar fasciitis), shin splints, Morton’s neuroma (pain in the ball of foot or a toe going numb)
The ideal running shoe should:
• Provide significant shock absorption, to lessen the impact.
• Accommodate the shape of your foot (Running shoes come in different shapes – pretty cool)

  • and based on your foot function offer appropriate control of your heel (A rigid heel cup can help reduce your pronation – stop your arch from dropping too much)
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