Get the Right Gear for Your Game

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Anyone that plays sports or loves to exercise knows that it’s absolutely crucial to wear the right shoes for that activity. For example, you’d never wear your soccer cleats on the basketball court and vice versa. Choosing the proper footwear helps us get the most out of our feet and avoid injuries. Due to the varying nature of sports, the specifications of your footwear will vary, too. Let’s talk about how to choose the best footwear for some common sports. 

Running 

            Running and jogging are great ways to stay in shape and keep your mind clear. Regular running, however, puts a lot of stress on your feet and leaves you vulnerable to injury. Avoid unnecessary pain by: 

  • Always wearing padded running socks

  • Knowing your arch type and selecting shoes that support it

  • Try on shoes at the end of the day to get the right fit 

Following these tips can help prevent you from developing plantar fasciitis and other injuries that will slow you down.  

Basketball 

            The game of basketball obviously requires lots of running, but any experienced player can tell you that running shoes simply won’t make the cut on the court. When looking for basketball shoes, make sure to find a pair that has: 

  • High ankle support to prevent sprains

  • Strong traction to keep you from slipping

  • Padded support to cushion jumps 

Skateboarding 

            The best way to avoid injury is to avoid skateboarding all together! Jokes aside, if you or your child love extreme sports, it’s important to find the right footwear to be as safe as possible. If you’re buying skateboarding shoes, ensure that you always: 

  • Talk to an expert – make a trip to a skateboard shop instead of buying online

  • Look for thick, foam insoles – over time; you may need to replace the factory inserts

  • Buy shoes made from suede or other sturdy materials that won’t rip quickly 

If you’re serious about your game, the best way to avoid injuries and chronic pain is to regularly see a podiatrist. He or she will be able to properly diagnose injuries and fit you for custom orthotics if needed. Our board-certified podiatrists are ready to work with you and your athletic lifestyle today. With offices all over the Houston area, including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston, finding a podiatrist in your area has never been easier.  Make an appointment online or call Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston (281) 444-4114.