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 972.853.7100 today.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
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 would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
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