The Importance of Choosing the Right Shoe

Wearing the proper shoes during exercise is extremely important. When our foot hits the ground, the mechanics that follow can determine how our joints and tissues are loaded.  As a result, it could be a contributing factor to pain or injury. However, finding that right shoe can sometimes be a confusing process. Here are a few things to consider:

Everyone’s foot and ankle move differently.  While some may present with increased stiffness, others may exhibit excessive mobility.  The shoe choice should result in a neutral gait

Comfort does matter. As simple as this sounds, your shoe should be comfortable. Research has shown that if shoes cause a level of discomfort your gait will change.

Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles.  The shoes midsole is made up of material that weakens over time. This is significant because the type of midsole a shoe has often determines the goal of the shoe.  Typically, the heavier some is the sooner they will have to replace their shoes.

These are the specialty shoe stores in the area that we recommend:

Heartland Soles:
Fitness Sports:
Fleet Feet:

Dr. Abel Shaw is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Provider of Active Release Technique. Dr. Shaw attended Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis Missouri where he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has worked with athletes from the Missouri Baptist University, NAIA championship, women’s track and field team and has been the team chiropractor for Mary Washington University Athletics. Dr. Abel Shaw is an Army veteran and has run both cross-country and track and field at Shippensburg University.

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