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Does the Right Footwear Prevent Injuries?

Because your feet are subjected to nearly a million pounds of pressure during an hour of strenuous exercise, proper footwear is important to cushion these loads. For this reason, shoe companies and medical professionals have recommended wearing specific types of footwear to prevent injuries.
It would be nice if the right shoe could really protect you from injury, but research performed by the U.S. Marine Corps and published in the September 2010 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine found no significant difference between shoe types when it came to injury prevention. So what does this mean for you?
Proper physical training—weight-bearing exercises to strengthen bones, stretching to avoid muscle tears, avoiding overtraining, etc.—is a proven, effective way to reduce injury and a safer bet than investing in an expensive pair of shoes. We can design a program targeted to your physical health, your fitness and sports goals, and your body type.
As for selecting footwear, stick to the basics:
    Ensure a good fit.
•    Choose shoes specific to your type of exercise (e.g., running shoes for runners; basketball shoes for basketball players).
•    Go shoe shopping with the type of socks you typically wear while exercising.
•    Make sure to walk around the store for a while before deciding on a pair.
•    The best shoe for you will be the shoe that feels the best.
To ensure that your body is in the best condition possible while avoiding mishaps on the field, on the court or on the street, our team of experts at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ will handle all of your orthopedic and sports physical therapy needs. Our Paramus physical therapists  can help you with training form and instruct you in appropriate and proper stretching and recovery techniques.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.
 
 

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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