It is a well known fact that the best equipment for your workout routine is a good solid pair of fitness shoes. With the right pair of fitness shoes you can achieve better results and avoid injuries. However, there are some risks involved in wearing fitness shoes, especially if they don’t fit you correctly or they’re the wrong shoes for your chosen physical activity. The wrong fitness shoes can cause a lot of problems with your ankles, knees, hips and back.
1. Wrong Shoe for Your Gait
There are three gaits: normal, overpronation or underpronation. With a normal gait your foot rolls inward after an initial contact with the ground. If you are an overpronator, your foot will roll inward too much. Underpronators will have an insufficient inward roll. If you have a pronation problem and don’t choose the right shoe you face almost a 100% possibility of an injury. Overpronators need to buy motion control shoes which correct the problem and prevent injuries to ankles and knees, while people with normal gait can use stability shoes. Underpronators need more support in their fitness shoes.
2. Wrong Shoe for Your Activity
If your physical activity is running, you will need a good running shoe which is lightweight and flexible. Since runners need only forward propelling motion, those shoes don’t have any lateral support. Imagine now that you use those running shoes for playing tennis or basketball where you often need to go sideways or stop abruptly. Without strong lateral and ankle support you will be prone to injuries to your feet.
3. Wrong Fit
Fitness shoes should fit differently than your regular shoes. They should provide enough space in the toe box for your toes to move freely. If you are accustomed to walking you should have noticed that your fingers swell during your walks. The same is true for your toes. Your shoe should have a thumbnail wide empty space between the end of your big toe and the end of the shoe. Proper lacing will keep your feet in place without any forward sliding, while you still will have enough room for your toes. Fitness shoes that don’t fit you properly can also cause blisters.
4. Wrong Surface
There are different fitness shoes for indoor and outdoor activities. Even more, there are different fitness shoes for different outdoor activities. If you plan to run in the mountains with ragged terrain you will need fitness shoes with different sole material than for running on a treadmill. In order to avoid injuries it is important to choose the right fitness shoe for the surface you’re going to perform your exercise on.
5. Wrong Socks
While choosing the right pair of fitness shoes is very important, it is equally important to wear the right socks. Synthetic socks specifically designed to wick moisture away from your skin are the best choice for any physical activity. Cotton socks don’t have that ability, so your feet will get wet and be more prone to blisters.
Everyone has different feet. In order to choose the right fitness shoes you need to invest time in the process. Find a good specialty store and talk to a salesperson. Try recommended shoes, but remember that it is you who will wear those shoes. Make sure that fitness shoes you buy are the right ones for your gait, your activities, that they fit correctly and don’t forget to pick the right pair of socks.