Working out can have a high impact on your health. In this edition of Wellness, YNN's Jill Urban tells you about the importance of wearing the right sneakers during your workout.
"The right shoe is very important in terms of injury prevention. The right shoe supports your body’s natural biomechanics, which is the way your body hits the ground," explained Dr. Daniel Geller. "If your body hits the ground and we do something we shouldn’t be doing we are going to be stressing structures in the lower leg that can lead to injury."
Dr. Daniel Geller is a foot and ankle specialist at Empire State Orthopedics. He says he treats injuries all the time that could have been prevented with the right shoe. Dr. Geller said the key to finding the right sneaker is to know your foot type.
He said, "There are 3 different foot types. There is a promontory foot type that rolls in, there is a neutral foot type that maintains its arch support and a supinatory foot type that rolls out just a bit. Finding the right shoe that compliments your foot type will supplement your biomechanics therefore making you more efficient and it will make you less injury prone."
If you don’t know what type of foot you have or what type of shoe you need, it’s a good idea you need to visit a specialty stop where an expert can evaluate your mechanics as you move.
Many stores offer a treadmill, where your movement is recorded and analyzed. And based on your evaluation, the salesperson can point you in the right direction.
Patrick Burford of New York Running Company says all too often he sees people buy shoes for the wrong reason.
"One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are shopping for workout shoes is they shop by style rather than function. Its important to get something that is proper for the way your foot moves and the way your body moves in motion," said Burford.
The other big mistake people make is keeping their shoes too long. It’s important to know the wear cycle for your sneakers. On average running should change their shoes from 3-500 miles, and for those who do a general workout about 6-8 months depending on how often you use them.
So whether you are pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, make sure your feet are covered because the right shoes will help you start off your workout on the right foot.