Proper footwear is something that we often put way down on our list of things we need. But it should be at the top. Excellent support for our feet is crucial to not only our feet but our spine as well.

 What to Look for in a Shoe

 If you are into running or any other sports choosing the right shoe is even more important. If you are recovering from an injury and going through physical therapy, the wrong shoe can slow recovery. Here are some things to look for when choosing shoes: 

  • The sole should be rigid. It should bend at the toes but be stiff in the middle. Just like your foot.
  • The heel should be ½” – 1”. This elevates the foot slightly and takes the pressure off the arch and Achilles tendon.
  • Look for a wide toe box. You should be able to wiggle your toes when standing. Your toes should not touch the end of the shoe.
  • Buy in the morning. Feet swell during the day, so buy in the morning. Also, have your feet measured as this changes over time.

 Special Needs

 If you already have problems like hammertoes or arthritis, there are specific things you should look for in a shoe. Here are some tips: 

  • Hammertoes – You want increased toe box depth. A soft shoe cover can help too in this situation.
  • Ball of foot pain – A rocker-style sole can help with this. It decreases forefoot stress.
  • Arthritis – A rocker-style sole is good for arthritis. It helps prevent ankle pain.

 Advance Physical Therapy can help you recover from injuries and help you decide what footwear is best for you. Balanced Athlete in Renton is a great place to shop for all your shoe needs.