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Running Shoes Help Avoid Sports Injuries To Knees, Spine & Hips

Avoid getting hurt during your sporting events by making sure you have a well-fitted shoe. Runners should pay extra attention to their shoes. If you’re an active runner, you must change your shoes every six to eight months. Even if your shoe looks brand new, you still need to change it for a new one. The shoe might look good on the outside, but on the inside, they wear out, especially if you run outdoors for an uneven surface. The same applies to gym gores, people who walked, and all other athletic activities.

If you are doing any sports activities or enjoy a nice walk daily, you must wear proper shoes to avoid injuries to the spine, knees, or hips. Knee pain, hip pain, ankle pain, and foot pain or avoidable. The best means of avoiding them is by making sure you have a shoe that is specific to your specific sporting activity or your favorite pastime.

What Is A Suitable Athletic Wear?

Suitable sports equipment such as running shoes or racquets is essential to minimize the risk of sports injuries and maximize performance. Each runner has slightly different foot mechanical features and requires another 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 shoe’s sole 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 seeking 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 top physiotherpsits and the best chiropractors in Kuala Lumpur for the spine and joint in Malaysia.

For more information on foot pain and proper footwear, please get in touch with us at 03-2093 1000.

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