Buying New Athletic Shoes

    December 11, 2018
    Shoes for your foundation

    The maintenance man that I work with at our building is an active man in his seventies who sometimes makes me crazy but makes me laugh as well. He has a heart of gold and a gruff manner and gets totally exasperated with all the women in the building who think he should handle their personal “honey-do” lists. Needless to say, he spends a lot of time running around like a chicken with his head cut off…or I guess a rooster with his head cut off! Over a year ago he was complaining about how much his feet, knees, and back were hurting. He couldn’t figure out why this was happening to him and was frustrated that his doctor couldn’t “fix it”. He decided to buy new athletic shoes to solve the problem.

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    Get Measured!

    He bought several pairs of new tennis shoes and was throwing a fit that this didn’t help either. Then he happened to go to a store to buy another pair and the salesclerk measured his feet instead of taking his word for it that he still wore the same size shoe that he wore in high school! Turns out his feet were a half size bigger than he thought. He bought the new pair in the new size and low and behold his feet no longer hurt. He told me this story very sheepishly, but as someone who has an obscene number of shoes that I have purchased trying to find that magical pair that will make me a world class athlete I totally had to keep quiet!

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    Advice for Buying Your Workout Shoes

    Silver Sneakers (one of my favorite sites) has the following advice to offer for finding the best workout shoes:
    1. Know your foot structure
    2. Know your foot motion
    3. Trade cotton socks for synthetic
    4. Tie your socks like this (see article link below for details)
    5. Slowly break in your new shoes

    Workout Shoes: A Guide for Older Adults

    Your Feet Are Your Foundation

    According to Brian Jensen, DC “Your feet are the foundation for your entire body. They must be able to properly support your body; allow you to stand, walk, run, and jump; and absorb damaging shock that enters your body every time your heel hits the ground. Every athlete deals with structural defects, many of which start in the feet.” Sounds like it is important to pay attention to our structure especially if you are having pain and trouble walking. Check out this article for more helpful information

    Athletic Shoes for health

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    Being able to move keeps us a valid part of the world. It enables us to explore our world, expand our world and keep doing things with friends and family. Talking care of your feet and foundation takes on a whole new meaning when you look at it from that perspective. Let’s keep walking and moving!

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