What should I look for in athletic footwear?

First things first: “athletic shoes” is a category, not an individual style. If you’re going to be engaging in sports, aerobics, dancing, or other athletic activity (and we think you should!), you should always look for a shoe designed with that activity in mind. If you ask your everyday tennis shoes to multitask, your risk of getting hurt go through the roof!

Beyond that, athletic shoes should provide a good fit and be comfortable from the moment you put them on—no “break-in” period should be required. The shoe should grip your heel firmly—you don’t want it too tight, of course, but the shoe should not slip around as you walk, run, or move side to side. Other attributes to look for will depend on your sport—for example, higher tops for basketball to prevent ankle injuries, tougher and flatter soles for court sports, more flexibility for running or jogging, etc.

If you don’t know what to look for, stop by a specialty shoe store—they’re specially trained to find you what you need. And if you need help with properly addressing sports injuries or getting set up with any necessary orthotics to safely accommodate existing problems, give Dr. Danciger in Palm Desert, CA a call for a prompt appointment. Reach us online or dial 760-568-0108.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle