Winter is the season for all of our favorite indoor sports. Our feet are not to be forgotten about in the midst of all the excitement during this season. We have put together some tips to keep in mind when picking out your shoe gear for your winter sports.
Basketball shoe gear comes in 3 main styles: High-tops, mid-tops and low-tops. Regardless of which style you prefer, always be sure to have someone properly measure your foot for your correct shoe size.
· High Tops - High-top basketball shoes offer the most ankle support, but will be a bit heavier than the other styles due to the extra material. If you are looking for the most supportive basketball shoe and can handle some extra weight, this is the shoe for you.
· Mid-tops - The mid-top stops at ankle level which allows more freedom and movement than the high-top and still provides sufficient ankle support. This is most popular among basketball players.
· Low-tops - The main advantage of this style is that it is light weight which allows players optimize speed and quickness. However, this style does not offer much ankle support.
Hockey skates should fit 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your street shoes. Your toes should barely touch the toe cap and have no more than 1/4 of an inch of space in the heel. Once the skates have been laced up, they should feel snug with the foot resting flat.
The keys to an ideal volleyball shoe are: cushioning, stability, breathability and something lightweight. Cushioning is especially major for an every day player or someone who plays in tournaments. The stability a player gets from these shoes is important as no other shoe is made for all the motions of volleyball. That is why it is important to purchase an actual volleyball shoe when playing instead of trying to use your every day running shoes. Breathability is also important as this is what keeps your feet cool and dry, so look for a shoe that has mesh incorporated into it which will promote breathability. Most volleyball shoes are already made lightweight to allow them to respond to your every move quickly.
Our podiatrists treat patients in Lemont, Homer Glen and surrounding neighborhoods. Please contact our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an evaulation today!