The Importance of Health Checks

The Importance of Health Checks

How to Buy the Right Footwear for Your Chosen Sport

by Roberta Craig

Few segments within the multi-million-dollar clothing industry have made such an impact as sports footwear. In fact, the brands that find themselves at the top of the tree have become more than just household names as they battle for your attention and your valuable, disposable income. It's difficult to ignore their message, as they urge you to choose their particular brand over another and not based on practicality or fit, but rather on image alone. How do you get past this onslaught and make the right choice?

Taking Things Seriously

While a large segment of the population will choose these shoes based on marketing technique, this may be a secondary consideration in your case. After all, you take your particular sport seriously and cannot afford to buy the wrong type of shoe for your specialist application.

Different Requirements

For example, as a tennis player, you wouldn't want to buy a cross-country shoe with its definitive tread pattern. That type of footwear was built to deal with surfaces that continue to change, which is, of course, not the case on a tennis court. You'll want to choose a trainer that's designed to grip and give you plenty of lateral movement.

Looks First?

There is no doubt that manufacturers invest a lot of money when they create their product line, but more than anything else, they design with aesthetics in mind. These companies realise that consumers will buy based on looks first and functionality second, but to you, this is the wrong way around.

Freedom to Move

Whenever you buy a pair of sports shoes, you must make sure that you can perform as you intend without any restriction. As you try each pair on, go through the motions as if you were in the middle of your chosen sport. If you can reach your goals without any concern and feel as if you're not wearing any shoes at all, then this is probably the right pair for you.

The Ideal Fit

Experts suggest that shoes should never feel either too tight or too loose and should give you plenty of room in the toe area. The heel should be somewhat higher than the toe, although not by too much and in general, you should feel in perfect balance if the weight is slightly to the outward side of each foot.

Narrowing It Down

Of course, these are generalisations and will vary from sport to sport. Furthermore, each individual will have a different expectation, and you should consult with an expert to help you decide. Talk with a podiatrist before you make your final choice.


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The Importance of Health Checks

Hello, my name is Liam and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. I work pretty hard every day out on my farm, so it isn't unusual for me to have aches and pains. I hate going to the doctor so I normally pop a couple of painkillers or open a cold beer to deal with the discomfort. However, my wife kept on nagging me to see a doctor, which I eventually did. The doctor at Fidelity Health Choice discovered that I had a rare infection which was causing the pain. After a course of drugs, I fully recovered. I now attend regular appointments. I hope you enjoy my health and wellbeing blog.