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
- 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.