A good shoe is a necessity for those who are excessively on their feet. Whether the activity be walking, running or working out, a good shoe determines the level of comfort and overall support.
Oakville Physiotherapist Shoe Recommendations:
It is important to pay attention to technology as opposed to brand name when buying athletic shoes, for the brand name shoes often do not provide the support that is required. It must be noted that the shoe has to control the foot, not the other way around. The foot still needs room to move around however, so do not confuse controlling the foot, with constricting the foot. We understand that the criteria for what makes a “good” shoe can be confusing to pin point when you are an inexperienced buyer. Below are some tips to keep in mind when purchasing, as well as some brands that the Physiotherapists recommend at our Oakville Physio clinc.
When looking for a good athletic shoe, hold the shoe in your hands and try to twist it. If it is easy to bend out of shape then it will not provide you with the support that it should. The sole of the shoe near the toe should allow some bending in order to accommodate foot movement, however the rest of the shoe should be fairly firm. You should also look for a shoe that has long heel counters, which is the support that goes from heel to arch. A long heel counter is one of the reasons that athletic shoes feel comfortable. You can test that the heel counter in your athletic shoe is sufficient by ensuring that the cup of the heel (the part of the shoe that cradles your heel) is firm however not stiff. Your heel counter should flex when minimal pressure is applied.
The two brands that Dr. Steve Knighton refers to patients are Asics and New Balance. Both brands are built to last, providing comfort and the support that is needed. If you have any questions about what makes a shoe “good,” do not hesitate to call Glen Abbey Physiotherapy or stop by the clinic to view the athletic shoes we keep on hand.