Although folks often opt for fashion over function when it comes to athletic shoes, footwear is very important for musculoskeletal function—especially for athletes and others who spend a lot of time on their feet. Selecting the right shoe can help prevent pain in the feet, knees, hips and back.
The Livestrong Foundation says there is a variety of sport shoes on the market for every type of exercise: Running shoes that have inbuilt shock absorbers are available for joggers, and lightweight walking shoes are available for walkers. Aerobic shoes are lightweight and shock absorbing to prevent foot fatigue and to cushion the ball of the foot, which is put under pressure from aerobic exercise. Tennis shoes have flexible soles to protect your feet from the quick side-to-side movements of tennis. Thick-soled, high top basketball shoes provide extra protection against ankle and foot injuries caused by jumping. Cross-training shoes are also available. These are suitable if you perform a number of sport or exercise types in your workout.
And don’t forget the socks! They play an important role, too. Wearing the right socks will offer protection and comfort for your specific activity. For example, socks specific to running are made out of the latest fibers and will provide protection and comfort while also controlling the flow of moisture off the foot.
For more information on the right shoe/sock combo for your activity, visit Mizuno’s running blog.