The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society recommends that the type of shoe you choose should depend on the sport you are most active in. If cheerleading is your activity of choice, then it only makes sense to choose a cheerleading specific shoe.
Most doctors would agree that the most important piece of equipment for any physical activity is undeniably the shoe. A comfortable and supportive shoe can make your experience not only much more enjoyable, but significantly safer.
A shoe that does not fit properly or that is not made specifically for cheerleading can harm the back, hips, knees and ankles. It is critical to recognize that 25 percent of the population has some type of foot problem that requires special shoes, and that females experience four times the number of foot problems than male counterparts.
Because of the dynamics of the foot, athletes should get to know their feet very closely. Knowing your foot’s morphology will help in selecting the perfect shoe to accommodate your cheer needs.
A person’s foot shape is generally classified among three categories:
1- flat foot (no arch)
2- normal foot
3- foot with a pronounced arch
Each type of foot requires a different type of shoe. A flat foot needs strong support to accommodate lateral movements. For normal feet, a shoe offering general stability should be sufficient. Those cheerleaders with pronounced arches require a shoe that boasts excellent cushioning.
Choosing the proper shoe can help to protect you against many common injuries associated with cheerleading. Good shoes can also reduce the impact of your step and cushion the foot from heavy landings, which is very beneficial when it comes to tumbling. A final aspect of a good cheer shoe is ankle support. Cheerleading requires a lot of swift movement which can be detrimental without adequate ankle support.
The Cheerleading Company offers the best brands for cheerleading shoes and welcomes you to explore our shoe selection to find the perfect shoe for your cheer needs.