We get it: everyone’s looking to save a few bucks. That’s why, for example, we reuse our same pair of casual, everyday tennis shoes for gym and court sports. Or why we outfit our children with footwear from the used sporting goods store (or just give them the cleats and gear that big sister or big brother used three years ago).
On the other hand, some things are worth paying a little more—or at the very least, selecting with a little more care. Sports gear, and in particular footwear, falls into this category. It really is a protection issue for feet and ankles. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize how improper, worn out, or hand-me-down equipment can cause pain and increase the risk of injury significantly. If they did, we’d guess they’d be more than happy to spend a few extra dollars!
You don’t have to break the bank and buy the most expensive gear you can find, of course. But by investing a little more time and care in taking care of your feet, your feet can do a much better job of protecting you!
We’ll start with hand-me-down or used shoes, cleats, etc. The truth is that, even with light wear, shoes should always be retired rather than passed down or resold. When bearing weight, shoes quickly mold and adapt in small (but significant and permanent) ways to fit the feet of the original wearer. Put another set of feet inside, and blister-forming pressure points (among other problems) may be created.
Even if your shoes are brand new, though, they aren’t going to do much good if they’re the wrong ones! Different sports subject feet and ankles to different kinds of stresses and risks. Some require you to move side to side or rapidly change directions; others not so much. Don’t try to get away with wearing the same pair of generic tennis shoes every day for everything! If you’re going to be playing one sport in particular regularly, you should buy shoes specific to that sport.
At Dallas Podiatry Works, our team of foot specialists can help you find the proper gear for your athletic activities, not to mention provide comprehensive, effective treatment for those times when prevention fails. To schedule an appointment with us, please call 972.566.7474 today.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*