Believe it or not, there are special shoes for pickleball, just as they are for running and walking. However, usually, shoes that should be worn for other racquet sports, like tennis or badminton, will work fine for pickleball. Appropriate shoes for this sport should be lightweight, have a good grip, and have adequate cushioning. If you decide to take the plunge and purchase actual pickleball shoes, it is important to know that these shoes are not as effective on certain surfaces that might be more common outdoors, like concrete or smooth tile. Suppose you are a seasoned or beginning pickleball player and would like more information about proper footwear for this activity. In that case, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for advice.
It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Proper Shoe Fitting
Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.
Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting
- Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
- Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
- Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
- Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
- Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot
The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.