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Investing in the Right Athletic Shoe!

By Donna Stark

When you build a new home, you have to start with a strong foundation, and the same can be said about your journey to optimal fitness. But what does that mean exactly? Well, it means you need to start with a solid pair of shoes. And while some shoes may be more fashionable than others, appearance is the last thing you should be thinking about. What should be on the top of your priority list when you are looking to purchase a new pair is how well the shoes fit, perform, and prevent injuries.

Finding the Right Shoe

With so many selections online and in the stores, it can be difficult to make the right decision when it comes to purchasing athletic footwear, but it doesn't have to be that way. Believe it or not, with just a few simple tips on what to look for, that decision is actually quite easy to make! Check out some of them below.

  • Base your selection on the activity - It's not a marketing ploy to get you to buy shoes you don't need. Athletic footwear really is specifically designed for each different activity. So, if you are running, look for running shoes. If you are playing golf, head to the golf shoes. And if you are hiking on the trails, well ... you get the idea. Each type of shoe has its own unique style of tread and support that is required for the specific activity you are involved with.
  • Select the right fit - To help reduce the risk of injury, you need to make sure your shoes have the correct fit. You can do this by asking a professional for an actual fitting. Fittings can provide an analysis of your arch type and your stride which is helpful when determining which pair you should buy.
  • Keep your options open - Even if you are a superfan for a particular brand, that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your options open. What one brand features, another may not, so it's important to take your time when shopping for shoes and to try on several pairs. And who knows? You may even end up liking a style from a brand that you would never have given a second look at!

A Strong Foundation Is Key

Foot and ankle injuries are common with athletes, but you can reduce the risk of getting hurt by taking your time and knowing what to look for when shopping for a new pair of kicks. Get that strong foundation taken care of so you can start building a better body today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temecula, Calif. 

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