When we think of the beginning of a new year, we often think about New Year’s Resolutions and the changes that we wish to make for the year ahead. One of the most common resolutions made is to live an active lifestyle and engage in physical activity. With that in mind, it is important that we are well-equipped and ready for this change and that includes appropriate footwear.
The first thing we need to consider is to ensure the shoe is the right choice of footwear for the activity. A walker shoe may be a great shoe to stroll around the shops, however, may not be cushioned or supportive enough to stabilize your foot during running. Additionally, if you decide to take up a specific sport, such as a court-based sport, technical running shoes typically do not provide stability for lateral movements whereas a cross trainer would.
Secondly, the shoe and its technological features need to complement your specific foot structure and function. A pronated (flat arch) foot posture would require more stability in comparison to an avoided (high arch) foot posture which would benefit from additional cushioning.
Any change in physical activity levels places the body under certain stresses and demands. This is okay as this is how our body adapts and changes as we improve. However, if the demands are too excessive and the body is unable to accommodate, injury may occur. If you feel that your pain is more than fatigue-related pain, it is best to book an appointment with one of our clinicians to ensure your footwear is suitable and to determine if there is a need for additional support such as orthotics.