While it’s essential to ideally consult us for personalized advice, here are five general tips for choosing exercise shoes.

  1. Proper Fit:
    • Ensure that the shoes fit well, providing ample room for your toes to move and preventing any tightness or pinching. Avoid shoes that are too narrow or too wide, as they can lead to discomfort and potential foot problems.
  2. Comfort:
    • Choose shoes that not only fit well but also are comfortable to move in/on – all these fancy shoe features are maybe not as important as once thought and comfort may actually be the most important factor in helping reduce injury risk. Seems obvious right!?
  3. Cushioning:
    • Further to the above point look for shoes with sufficient cushioning to absorb shock and reduce impact on your bones and joints. This is especially important for high-impact activities like running or jumping, as it helps protect your feet and lower limbs.
  4. Activity-Specific Shoes:
    • Select shoes designed for the specific type of exercise you’ll be engaging in. Running shoes, for instance, are different from cross-training or basketball shoes. Each type is engineered to provide the necessary support and stability for the demands of that particular activity.
  5. Replace Worn-Out Shoes:
    • Pay attention to the condition of your shoes and replace them when they show signs of wear and tear. The cushioning and support of athletic and exercise shoes degrade over time, and continuing to use worn-out shoes may contribute to foot and leg discomfort.

Remember, individual foot conditions and preferences vary, so it’s crucial to consult with one of our Podiatrists who can offer personalized advice based on your specific needs and foot characteristics. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can also help identify potential issues early on and ensure that your exercise routine is supported by appropriate footwear.

Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal clinic to learn more about Sports & Spinal’s podiatry services or to make an appointment with our team.

Written By Podiatry Managing Partner and Podiatrist, Aleks Baruksopulo