Working out will help keep you healthy, but it's important to wear the proper footwear so you don't injure yourself while you exercise. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
Working out can have a high impact on our health, but if you're not wearing the right shoes, your workout could be a step in the wrong direction.
"The right shoe is very important in terms of injury prevention," says Dr. Daniel Geller, a foot and ankle specialist at Empire State Orthopedics. "The right shoe supports your body's natural biomechanics, which is the way in which your body hits the ground. If your body hits the ground and we do something that we shouldn't be doing, we're going to be stressing structures in the lower leg that can lead to injury."
Geller says he treats injuries all the time that could have been prevented with the right shoe. He says the key to finding the right sneaker is to know your foot type.
"There's a promontory foot type that rolls in, there's a neutral foot type that maintains its arch support, and there's a supinatory foot type that rolls out just a bit. Finding the right shoe that compliments your foot type will supplement your biomechanics, therefore making you more efficient, less injury prone, and it will enable you to run more comfortably.
If you don't know what type of foot you have or what type of shoe you need, it's a good idea to visit a specialty store, where an expert can evaluate your mechanics as you move.
Many stores offer a treadmill, where your movement is recorded and analyzed. Based on your evaluation, the salesperson can point you in the right direction.
Patrick Burford of NY Running Company says all too often, he sees people buy sneakers for the wrong reason.
"One of the biggest mistakes people make when they're shopping for workout shoes is that they shop by style instead of by function," Burford says. "It's important to get something that is proper for the way your foot moves and the way your body moves in motion."
Another big mistake is that people keep shoes too long. It's important to know the wear cycle for your sneakers. On average, runners should change their shoes from 300 to 500 miles. Those who do a general workout should change theirs after about six to eight months, depending on how often you use them.
So whether you're pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, make sure your feet are covered, because the right shoes will help you start off your workout on the right foot.