If you're planning to undertake general fitness as a hobby, investing in your feet is one of the best things you can do. A solid base will improve your running and enhance your lifting whilst minimising your risk of injury. Believe it or not, having supportive shoes and stable feet is the key to perfecting your form, and if your feet are a little shaky due to muscular imbalances or collapsing arches, then some podiatrist-approved orthotics could be the key to enhancing your game.
If running is your thing, a good pair of running shoes is essential. Running shoes should provide ample support for your foot and lace tight without pain so that they don't move around. When running, your goal is to maintain your stride whilst minimising the risk of both impact injury and the foot sliding around in the shoe. Having an orthotic insert will help to support your foot in all the right places, such as under the arch of the foot. Having this support underneath will minimise the risk of the ankles collapsing in when the foot strikes, taking the pressure off of your knees and, consequently, off of your lower back. If your foot is supported underneath properly, the fitting of the lace will be better and keep the form of the shoe, which is essential for keeping the shoes comfortable. Orthotics can be purchased from most shoe stores. If you have your foot scanned, you can even have the information stored for reordering at a later date, and if you want, you can customise the material to be better suited for sports or work shoes, for example.
Weightlifting shoes definitely need to fit well. You need your feet to maintain good contact with the sole in order to push into the ground and direct your lifting force upwards. You can get custom-made or premade orthotics for your shoes and they will have similar effects, in the sense that they will stabilise the foot to support the ankle and knees. This is even more important when doing lifts such as deadlifts, squats and lunges. Coupling these with dedicated weightlifting shoes is a recipe for success, as this type of shoe will have it's own solid sole, and in some cases, it will have a wooden wedge that helps to position the feet correctly under the hips.
For more information on orthotics, contact a podiatrist.
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