Are you wearing the proper shoes?

David McAtee

David McAtee
City Times

As part of an ongoing lecture series, the Fitness Center will be hosting a lecture on April 7 regarding how to select the correct athletic shoe. Organized by Fitness Center Director Paul Greer, the lecture will be given at 5p.m. by Michael Rouse, Director of Footwear Product for Zoot Sports, in the Harry West Gym, room 206.

The lecture, titled “Selecting the correct Athletic Shoe”, will cover such indicative topics as overpronation, pronation and supination of the foot, fallen arches and sizing, among others.

According to Greer, the presentation will be most important for athletes, but the importance of selecting the correct shoe affects most athletic activities.

“This lecture is to help individuals select the correct athletic shoe for their activity,” Greer said.

Selecting the correct shoe for your activity requires a more scrutinous science than simply trying on a few pairs, Greer believes .

“Most exercises and activities require good equipment for sufficient use. It’s not just about getting the right size, it’s about fitting your foot. This is not a trivial part of athletics,” Greer stated.

Some of the problems that arise from selecting the wrong shoe are bunions (an enlargement of the bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe), shin splints (inflammation of the connective tissue in the shin and around the tibia) and arching heels.

The Fitness Center hosts three lectures every semester, with 2008 being the fourth year of the lecture series.