Well­ness Arti­cles

Ath­letic Shoes Are Impor­tant to Spinal Health

Poorly fit­ting ath­letic shoes can hurt your stride and there­fore your spine. This infor­ma­tion was reported in a Dec. 6, 2005 release appear­ing on PRNewswire. Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (ACA), footwear plays an impor­tant role in the func­tional bio­me­chan­ics of the human body.

The arti­cle also reports that improperly-​fitting shoes can do more than hurt a runner’s stride, they can upset a person’s over­all bio­me­chan­ics and lead to pain through­out the body. Dr. Jef­fery Solomon, pres­i­dent of the ACA’s Coun­cil on Sports Injuries & Phys­i­cal Fit­ness noted, “Your feet are the foun­da­tion of your body, and if they are not prop­erly sup­ported you can have prob­lems any­where from the bot­tom of your feet up through your neck.”

The arti­cle posted sev­eral tips to con­sider before a run­ner should pur­chase their next pair of run­ning shoes. These are:

  • Be sure to match the right shoe to the right activity.
  • If pos­si­ble, pur­chase run­ning shoes from a spe­cialty store or from some­one knowl­edge­able about match­ing the cor­rect type of run­ning shoes to your foot type and stride pattern.
  • Select shoes with ade­quate cush­ion­ing in the soles, which helps absorb the shock of your feet hit­ting the ground. Cush­ion­ing is espe­cially impor­tant when run­ning on hard sur­faces, such as pave­ment or sidewalks.
  • Check for ade­quate room at the widest part of your foot. The shoe shouldn’t be tight, but your foot shouldn’t slide around, either.
  • Con­sider cus­tom made orthotic insoles. Orthotics can address struc­tural abnor­mal­i­ties in the feet and the resul­tant bio­me­chan­i­cal faults.

Ran­dom Article

The above is a head­line from a May 8, 2007, Reuters UK news story. The same story also appeared in arti­cles in USA

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