When walking into a store with the intention of buying a gym shoe, the choices can be overwhelming, much like finding a needle in a haystack. With some helpful guidelines, choosing the correct shoes can make the difference between a frustrating or a rewarding situation.

-Have your feet measured by a professional at least once a year - There are different nuances to having the proper size, including different widths.  Also, as time goes on, our feet may change in size due to various factors. Once you know your size, be sure to seek out a shoe that comes in different widths

-Wear the socks you are going to wear when you are doing the activity - No point in wearing dress socks to try on shoes when you fully intend to wear thicker sport socks with the gym shoes.  At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic, we recommend Feetures! socks and wear them ourselves for any running, walking, or sports activity.  

-Make sure the shoe fits the activity - a running shoe may have increased cushioning at the heel and forefoot, while a court shoe for tennis may have more stability for lateral movement or back and forth quick moves.  

-Break in new shoes gradually -  Wear them one to two hours the first day, and increase the time as your feet allow-  Shoes should be comfortable the first time you wear them.  You just have to make sure there are no areas of redness or irritation which could cause blistering 

-If you are diabetic, have your shoes checked at the same time you have your feet checked - Ill fitting shoes can not only cause discomfort, but in a diabetic patient, it can even cause areas of irritation that may open up into a sore or wound that would have potential for infection or delayed healing.

Keeping these few tips in mind should make buying gym shoes for your new activity less intimidating.  If you have any other questions, make an appointment with one of our doctors,who can always make recommendations on shoes fittings and types of shoes.