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January 2009


Jan 16/09
There is a saying out there that states, 'If the shoe fits, wear it'.
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Now let us look at the individual component to see what goes into selecting the best shoe for your outdoor training needs.

1. What type of foot (arch) do you have?

When selecting footwear, there are different categories of shoes for different types of feet. Buying the wrong type of shoe for your foot can have dire consequences for your overall health and performance.
One of my favorite websites to help people understand the technology behind shoes is on the Runners World website which is located at This website does an excellent job at explaining how shoes and your feet work together. When you click on the link called 'Shoes and Gear' you will have at your fingertips a wide range of articles to inform you in this area. One of the key links is the one called 'foot diagnostics' which has a self assessment that you can perform called the 'Take the wet test, learn your foot type'.
This is the first step to understanding what type of foot you have and then you can determine what type of shoe to buy.
One of the key issues with soccer shoes is that they have very little arch support and can pose many problems for people who have high or low arches. It is at this point that these types of individuals could most certainly benefit from corrective orthotics which can also be found on the link called 'Orthotics and Pronation'.
If you have any questions regarding orthotics, please contact me and we can review this issue in more detail at our Sports Medicine Clinic called Pinnacle Performance which is located in Chesswood Arena in the Allen Road and Sheppard Area.

2. What size is your foot?

You would be very surprised to see how many people do not know their shoe size.
It is paramount to know exactly what size of foot you have to ensure a proper fit for your foot.
A shoe that is too small can cause damage to your toe nails as they get pushed up against the toe box of the cleat.
A shoe that is too large will not offer the support to the foot that is needed and there will too much slippage inside the shoe that can lead to damaged toes and blisters.
Make sure that every time you buy shoes, you have the salesperson measure your foot to ensure a proper fit and stop guessing at what your shoe size is.

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