Avoid Pain and Raise Your Game: Choosing Shoes for Sports
No one likes to get hurt, and luckily sports injuries are avoidable! Sport-specific shoes can really affect the way you play. Make sure to have your feet professionally measured by today’s podiatrist to find a correctly sized shoe. If you participate in a certain sport at least two to three times a week, you should wear a sport-specific shoe.
Avoid some serious sports injuries and raise your game by checking out the best shoes for several sports below.
Common Basketball Injuries
Common foot injuries: sprains, stress fractures, tendinitis
The perfect basketball shoe should:
- Have a thick, stiff sole that gives support while running and landing jumps.
- Have high ankle construction that supports the ankle during quick changes in direction.
Common Soccer Injuries
Common foot injuries: ankle sprains, turf toe, ingrown toenails
The perfect soccer cleat should:
- Not have more than a half inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
- Feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, or firm.
Common Football & Lacrosse Injuries
Common foot injuries: turf toe, Achilles tendinitis
The perfect football cleat should:
- Have a good amount of high ankle support. This is especially important for linemen and other players who make frequent sideways movements during play.
- Allow for proper traction on a grassy field, in both wet and dry conditions. This will largely help to prevent injury.
Common foot injuries: plantar fasciitis, shin splints,Morton’s neuroma
The perfect running shoe should:
- Provide maximum shock absorption, to help runners avoid ailments.
- Match your foot’s arch type (high, medium, low).
Surgical treatment may be necessary if nonsurgical treatments fail to reduce pain or growth of the fibroma. The fibroma(s) are completely removed from the bottom of the foot through surgical removal.