If you’re a scholastic or recreational athlete,
your shoes can make a significant difference in your performance and risk of injury.
Here are recommendations from the American Podiatric Medical Association:
- Shoes for basketball, volleyball and tennis should include a rigid, thick, supportive sole and high ankle support.
- Soccer shoes should have a supportive, high-quality footbed, molded rubber cleats and an appropriate stud type for the playing surface.
- Football and lacrosse shoes need high ankle support and good traction.
- Baseball and softball shoes need good arch support. Kids younger than 13 should not wear metal cleats.