Avoid Pain and Raise Your Game: Choosing Shoes for Sports

Sport-specific shoes can really affect the way you play. Make sure to have your feet professionally measured by today's podiatrist to find a correctly sized shoe. If you participate in a certain sport at least two to three times a week, you should wear a sport-specific shoe.

Avoid Pain and Raise Your Game

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Avoid some serious pain and raise your game by checking out the best shoes for several sports below.

Basketball

Common foot injuries: sprains, stress fractures, tendinitis

The perfect basketball shoe should:

  • Have a thick, stiff sole that gives support while running and landing jumps.
  • Have high ankle construction that supports the ankle during quick changes in direction.

Soccer

Common foot injuries: ankle sprains, turf toe, ingrown toenails

The perfect soccer cleat should:

  • Not have more than a half inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, or firm.

Football & Lacrosse

Common foot injuries: turf toe, Achilles tendinitis

The perfect football cleat should:

  • Have a good amount of high ankle support. This is especially important for linemen and other players who make frequent sideways movements during play.
  • Allow for proper traction on a grassy field, in both wet and dry conditions. This will largely help to prevent injury.

Running

Common foot injuries: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, Morton's neuroma

The perfect running shoe should:

  • Provide maximum shock absorption, to help runners avoid ailments.
  • Match your foot's arch type (high, medium, low). 

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