When choosing sports shoes or boots, no matter what the sport, choosing shoes that fit well is key to preventing injury.
Here are some tips for choosing the right footwear.
If your shoes are too loose, your feet will slide around inside creating friction and hence blisters.
If they are too tight in certain places, they will place pressure on your feet and restrict circulation. This in turn may change your gait and place extra strain on muscles and tendons.
Consider the following when choosing new sports shoes:
- The shoes should feel comfortable
- No part of the shoes should be too loose or too tight, however, you should be able to wiggle your toes
- When trying on shoes, wear the socks you will wear when playing, try them both on, and do up the laces
- If you will be wearing orthotics, take them and try them in the shoes to make sure they will fit
- The back of the shoe should fit snugly against your heel
- The shoes should support the arches of your feet without putting pressure on them
- Make sure there are no rough seams inside the shoes
- Choose shoes that fit in the shop; don’t assume they will “break in” later
- Choose shoes from a recognised manufacturer
- Don’t skimp on a few bucks; the health of your feet is too important
If you would like help or advice on choosing new shoes, please let us know.