Whether you’re working from home or are slowly returning to your office, working on a computer for long hours can take a toll on our bodies. In either scenario, movement is an important aspect to incorporate to tackle the continued effects of working on a computer screen for countless hours.
Before you incorporate a moderate workout or a light run, it’s important to set yourself up for success by wearing the right athletic shoes to avoid injury. Athletic shoes tend to differ from the average sneaker or casual shoe as they include more grip on the outsole, a midsole with cushioning, impact absorption, and a closer fit. The goal is to find a shoe that aligns with your activity, comfort level and doesn’t negatively impact your performance or contribute to foot or ankle injury.
But how do you know if your shoe is not the right fit?
The effects of an incorrect shoe can be shown by:
1) If your athletic shoes are not properly suited towards your activity needs, you’ll quickly notice the effects on your feet through:
- Stress fractures
- Bruised toes
These signs highlight that you need increased support or a better fit to tackle your activity.
2) Insufficient arch support: Not all feet are the same shape, and not all shoes are created the same. While most athletic shoes are constructed with a moderate amount of arch support, this standard fitting may not be the best fit for many individuals. For individuals with pronated feet, it increases the risk of developing flat feet. For these circumstances, the individual could supplement with an insert for better arch support.
If you’ve been experiencing ankle or foot pain, your athletic gear could be the main reason. To relieve pain or learn how to prevent future injuries, reach out to Apex Therapy for a consultation.