Monday, May 23, 2016

Proper Running Shoes to Avoid Sports Injuries in Malaysia

Running Shoes Help Avoid Sports Injuries to the Knees, Spine, and Hips

Suitable sports equipment such as running shoes or racquets is essential to minimize the risk of sports injuries and maximize performance. Each runner has a slightly different foot mechanical features and requires a different type of shoe to suit the runner’s need. Choosing the correct footwear that matches the athlete’s mechanical features contributes to optimizing the foot function and prevents foot pain.

The heel counter, the upper rear part of the shoe should be rigid to provide rear foot stability. The rearfoot may be injured easily if the heel counter fails to provide adequate support.

The flexibility of the forefoot is needed to allow easy foot motion during toe-off. The calf muscles may be overworked to plantar-flex the foot during propulsion if the sole of the shoe is too rigid. This may lead to early fatigue of the calf muscles and result in tightness and pain. However, athletes with metatarsalgia may want to consider a shoe with less flexibility in the forefoot as this may help to reduce the symptoms.

The midsole contains more complex shock-absorbing materials. The density of the midsole should be appropriately soft or firm to suit the needs of the runner. A softer midsole allows excessive mobility, and a firmer midsole provides a stable base and can be used for an extended period. Runners who need to limit excessive foot motion should choose a dual-density midsole with a firmer density on the inner side of the shoe. Runners who seek for extra shock absorption should go with a shoe with a softer midsole that still provides stability on both sides of the shoe. Flared midsoles that can cause rapid and excessive pronation of the foot should be avoided.

If you suffer from foot pain contact Chiropractic Specialty Center® today. We have the best chiropractors and physiotherapists for the spine and joint in Malaysia.

For more information on foot pain and proper footwear please contact us at 03-2093 1000. 

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