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How To Choose the Right Trainers

There are big differences in the way various sports shoes support your feet. This means there’s no ‘one shoe for all sports’ solution. Playing football or tennis, for example, needs a different trainer to jogging.

Choosing the wrong trainers can be painful! You could end up nursing shin splints, joint pain or blisters instead of enjoying your chosen activity.

Five tips for choosing trainers:

1. Think function over fashion
How trainers feel is far more important than how they look.

2. Measure your foot frequently
Our feet grow and change over time, even as adults. Weight gain/loss, pregnancy and lower body injury can all contribute to changes in foot size.

3. Bring your own socks
Try trainers on with the socks you wear during your activity. If you wear orthotics, bring those, too. Shoes should fit with the orthotic inside.

4. Don't believe in breaking in
The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There is no
‘break-in’ period. Move around the shop to make sure trainers feel comfortable in action.

5. Fit is everything
There should be 8-10mm between the tip of your toes and the end of the shoe. The heel should fit relatively tightly and should not slip out when you walk or run.

We hope these tips help you enjoy your sport in comfort. Should injuries or pain occur, the Shefford Osteopathic team is here to help. Call 01462 811006 or visit to book an appointment.

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