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How to select tennis shoes

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Each sport requires appropriate clothing to allow ease of physical movement. Appropriate footwear should accommodate running, sprinting, quick side-to-side movements, sliding, quick starts, hard stops and anatomical support of the feet.

Do you know your feet? Do you have high arches, flat feet, short or long toes, weak ankles, or a foot problem that requires special attention to design, construction, support, size and style?

The ankles and feet are under a lot of stress during the game and while supporting the body. Our type of foot, the environment of the shoe, size and use must be taken into account in the purchase decision.

Don’t let the shoe size bother you. Manufacturers use different metrics depending on their brand names or country location. Buy a pair of shoes that fit you.

The best time of day to shop for shoes is in the late afternoon or early evening, as the feet tend to swell. Bring the socks you plan to use to play. Add inch width at the toe for comfort and fit. Walk on the hard surfaces of the shoe store, checking for fit and irritation. It is deceptive to walk on the carpet

A good pair of shows will solve any personal or therapeutic problem. A well-fitting pair of shoes does not require a break-in period. These shores must be ready for the court.

The heel of the tennis shoe, the overall soft or hard construction of the shoe body and the cushioning inserts help to respond to playing conditions on the surface. Pay a price for quality; it’s less expensive than medical bills.

Foot problems before, during or after wearing shoes:

  1. Sore heels – plantar fascist

  2. High arches

  3. Flat foot

  4. Calluses

  5. Corn and onions

  6. Sprains or fractures of the ankle

  7. Achilles’ tendon

  8. Stress fractures

  9. Athlete’s foot

  10. Inter-metatarsal-thick neuroma of the nerve tissue occurring between the 3rd and 4th toe of the sole of the foot

Members of the medical profession will help define the problem and the type of footwear needed. Ask the shoe salesperson for help.

Another consideration when buying shoes is the surface of the court you are playing on. The courts are covered with grass, clay, concrete or artificial turf. Grass will require a soft shoe with good grip for the slippery surface. The clay surface shoe needs grip, solid sides for glide and a good fit for safety. Hard surfaces require a cushion insert and an overall solid construction.

Types of courts:

  1. Grass features fast play and low ball bounce

  2. Clay gives slower play and the ball bounces higher

  3. Hard surfaces produce fast play, reasonable ball bounce, but it’s tough for players.

Allow time to shop around for the right fit. It will also help to research consumers online to gain knowledge and make a smart purchasing decision.


Source by Tricia Deed

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