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February 02, 2010
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Can you believe it's February already? It seems like only yesterday that New Year's resolutions were being formed. Today's entry is designed to help those of you that made a resolution to work out more in the New Year. Whether you have kept up with your resolution or not, proper footwear can give a burst of motivation.
The shoes you workout in can affect you in ways you may not even notice. From heading to the gym to taking a walk around the neighborhood, proper footwear is important. A great fit and a properly functioning shoe can improve your experience dramatically.
Most people do not know what a properly fitting athletic shoe feels like. Most simply point to the shoe on the wall of the sporting goods store that looks best or is on sale and ask for the size that has seemed to fit before. Here are a few tips to make sure your next footwear purchase is a smart one:
1. Visit the Local Running Store
For most every fitness activity, a properly fitting running shoe is the best option. The local running store is a great place to start. Most of these specialty stores pride themselves on their fitting process. You don't need to be training for a marathon or even running at all to benefit from their services. Simply telling the store employee what your fitness needs are is the best first step in getting the proper fit. A good running store will fit you with a quality shoe that is structurally tailored for your biomechanical needs.
2. Get the Right Size
This seems like a trivial thing to say, but the fact is most people buy their athletic shoes way too small. A running store employee should be knowledgeable in this area, but here is a great guideline just in case. Use the "rule of thumb" rule. This is simply allowing enough room from the tip of your longest toe to the end of the shoe, usually about a thumb width. Feet swell during fitness activities and allowing enough room is important in making sure the shoe is functioning correctly.
3. Keeping It Fresh
Shoes break down. And when they do the structural components do as well. Even a shoe that sits on a shelf without use is subject to this breakdown process. If you are using your shoes regularly, 6-9 months is more than enough time for your shoes to breakdown. Even if you aren't using the shoes frequently, a year is usually too old for a shoe to maintain proper function.

Your feet are important to your fitness goals. Keep them happy and you will avoid injury and avoid breaking your fitness goals for 2010. If you are still having problems with finding the right shoe, call our office and your podiatrist can do a biomechanical evaluation to help you find the right shoe and to determine if custom-made orthotics would be beneficial for you.

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