Seasoned Mountaineer Recommends Getting Proper Footwear

Hiking can be a fun and exciting activity, but you might end up getting hurt if you don’t have the proper equipment for it. Katey Behney, owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors in Beacon, NY, has been hiking up mountains all her life, and she understands the importance of being adequately prepared for a trek. One of her biggest tips is to make sure that you have a pair of shoes that fit well so that you don’t accidently injure your feet.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," Behney said.

Having shoes that fit properly is a must before beginning any type of physical activity. If you have questions about getting appropriate footwear, consult with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will teach you how to find shoes that fit well and offer adequate protection.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

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