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Desert Edge’s Guide To Finding The Perfect Piece Of Footwear

There are two types of people in this world – people who choose their sneakers based solely on appearance and people who choose their sneakers based on comfort. The sneakers you wear can actually have a positive or negative impact on your health. Comfortable, well-fitting sneakers play a very big role in managing chronic pain. Desert Edge Physical Therapy has prepared a guide for choosing the perfect new pair of sneakers which will make your life more comfortable and bearable!

Ensuring the Best Possible Fit for People with Foot or Toe Problems

If you’re someone who suffers from foot problems, it’s important that they get factored into the decision-making process when shopping for shoes. Problems that can arise with poorly fitting footwear can include bunions, calluses, corns, hammer, claw, and mallet toes. Footwear that doesn’t address these issues will often make the issue worse.

Sneakers Need to be Changed Based on the Activity

If you’re a runner, it’s important that your sneakers fit well so you can fully maximize your running capabilities and prevent injury. The same goes for any other type of sneaker. Keeping your feet prioritized is a ticket to a healthier lifestyle.

Whether you’re going to use your sneakers for a certain activity or just for walking around, they need to match the activity they’re being used for. Basketball shoes are designed specifically for playing the sport as they provide proper cushioning at the heel and protect the ankle during the game. The same goes for other shoes such as cycling, dress shoes, and the aforementioned running shoes. It’s important for your sneakers to match your activity so your feet will be comfortable and you can prevent injury.

How do I find the right sneaker?

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect sneaker. We are going to go over some of the most important ones, as they are going to be critical when you’re searching for that perfect shoe.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find the best sneaker for you. Sneakers can have a big impact on preventing any issues you already have from getting even worse. You can always consult with your foot doctor or physical therapist if you’re looking for some shoe recommendations.

How the Sneaker is Built can Impact Your Walking Experience

When you’re dealing with foot pain, we’ve already agreed upon the fact that it can all be traced back to the sneaker you’re wearing. Lack of support in the sneaker can have different outcomes for different people. For people with foot issues, it can be quite detrimental.

Conditions that may Arise from Badly Fitting Sneakers

There are some more serious conditions that can come from the constant wear of poorly fitted sneakers. Here are a few examples.


This type of condition can cause pain and swelling in the ball of your foot and is often caused by sneakers that are either too small or too big. It is most notably linked to running and activities which involve constant jumping.

Plantar Fasciitis

This has become a pretty prevalent injury in the basketball world due to all the different models of basketball sneakers available, and players likely opting for sneakers that are more stylish rather than properly fitted. Plantar fasciitis affects the thick tissue at the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, and often causes stabbing heel pain.

Athlete’s Foot

This is one of the most obvious ones that we need to mention. Athlete’s foot is an infection that occurs on the skin of your feet that can be caused by sweating due to very tightly fitted sneakers.


This is a type of issue that is caused by too much pressure on the ball of the foot and occurs when the ligaments around the joint at the base of the toe become swollen. It’s pretty common in the second toe and can cause great pain to anyone experiencing it.

Some other conditions may include tired muscles, ingrown toenails, and soreness in the feet, ankles, and legs.

Desert Edge – Life Is Better When You Move Better

If you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, consult your physician or a physical therapist. If you think the problem is being caused by the sneakers you’re wearing, stop wearing them completely. If you need more information, contact Desert Edge Physical Therapy and we’ll address all of your questions or potential foot problems.

To secure the best experience for your feet, consult with the experts at Desert Edge Physical Therapy. Our trained physical therapists have plenty of experience dealing with foot issues for all age groups and we’re ready to assist every person in need of our help. Contact us now at 623-334-8767 and schedule a free discovery session today!

published on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022