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Athletic Shoes Are Essential to Spinal Health

Poorly fitting shoes may hurt your stride and thus your spine. This data was reported in a Dec. 6, 2005 release appearing on PRNewswire. In line with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), footwear plays a vital role in the functional biomechanics of the human body.

The content also reports that improperly-fitting shoes can achieve much more than hurt a runner's stride, they could upset an individual's overall biomechanics and cause pain through the entire entire body. Dr. Jeffery Solomon, president of the ACA's Council on Sports Injuries & Physical Fitness noted, "Your feet are the foundation of your body, and when they are not properly supported you might have issues almost anyplace from the bottom of your feet up through your neck."

The content posted several suggestions to consider before a athlete purchases their next set of footwear. They are:

* Make sure to match the best shoe to the right activity.
* If possible, purchase running sneakers from the specialty store or from someone experienced in matching the proper form of running shoes to your foot type and stride pattern.
* Select shoes with adequate cushioning in the soles, which helps absorb the shock of your feet hitting the ground. Cushioning is especially important when running on hard surfaces, such as
pavement or sidewalks.
* Check for adequate room at the widest part of your foot. The shoe shouldn't be tight, but your foot shouldn't slide around, either.
* Consider custom made orthotic insoles. Orthotics can address structural abnormalities in the feet and the resultant biomechanical faults.

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