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Why are Properly Fitting Running and Walking shoes so important?

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By Jeff Schmelz

If they cover my feet and don’t hurt, they must be good right? What’s the big deal? Feet are one of the most complex parts of the body and the anchor part of our kinetic chain. Issues with your feet can lead to problems with your ankles, knees, hips and back as well as balance and coordination. Shoes are about more than fashion or a lack of pain. Shoes are a very important part of maintaining foot health and overall wellbeing. Finding the right running or walking shoes is very important and requires a shoe fitting.

The first question we ask our clients is if they are experiencing any pain or issues with their feet. The reason we ask this is that 60% of the population experiences pain or stiffness in their feet on a regular basis. The majority also experience concurrent issues with one or more other joints as a direct result of issues with their feet. Common conditions such as bunions, corns, hammer toes and neuroma are often made worse by ill-fitting and or unsupportive shoes. With the aging population here in Central Florida we often find that these issues combined with improper shoes adversely affect balance and posture which in turn makes staying active difficult.

With detailed assessment and proper footwear, we can often reduce pain, improve circulation, improve posture, and balance and improve your ability to move comfortably and efficiently. At Dash Sports, we offer free custom shoe fittings everyday. We watch you walk in your current shoes and see if you pronate. We also measure your feet! Did you know that your feet may shrink with age? Schedule an appointment online or just stop in! https://godashsports.com/shoe-fitting/

Want to know more running shoe specifics? Check out this article in Runner’s World: https://www.runnersworld.com/gear/a19663621/best-running-shoes/. Dash Sports carries a wide selection of Runner’s World’s top shoe choices. Stop in today and try on a pair!

Vicky McMahan
Vicky McMahan
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I stopped into Dash Sports while on vacation, after hearing about this store and reading reviews that they can help with foot issues and in particular, plantar fasciitis. I have been having foot pain for a year and even after a visit to a podiatrist and getting an insert, i didn't leave with any useful information except i'm getting old supposedly. Kimberly at Dash Sports gave me all of the information I was looking for a year ago. She worked with me one on one, analyzed my walk and how it was lending itself to my foot pain, and set me up with proper fitting, supportive shoes, socks, and a night sock. Faith restored that I'm finally on a healing path. I highly recommend this store.
Adam Cooney
Adam Cooney
1717954087
Nik and Annette helped my wife and I find shoes for 2 completely different issues. They spent the time and listened to our issues to give us a wide selection of shoes for us to try. 10/10 will be going back and will always recommend.
Luis A Torres
Luis A Torres
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My wife recommended Dash sports and Beth was the one that took care of my needs. She was very helpful and patient. I recommend this shoe store if your looking for comfortable shoes for everyday use.
Melody Sinopoli
Melody Sinopoli
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Beth was so helpful! This is my new place to buy running shoes!
William Tschida
William Tschida
1717466734
Kimberly was very knowledgeable, and helped my wife find the best shoes to help her with her foot issue. Very nice location and store.
Bill Sullivan
Bill Sullivan
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Dash Sports is the only place to go when you need personalized service and sales people who know their products. You can certainly go somewhere else and get less expensive shoes, but you will not get the level of service that Dash provides. I have shopped with Dash for over five years and would not go anywhere else. Today I worked with Kimberly and she is FANTASTIC. She spent a lot of time with me, brought out several pairs of shoes and shared her professional observations on how I was walking in each pair and at the end we picked the shoe that felt good and provided the support that I needed. You will not get this level of service at any other store in this area. I highly recommend Dash Sports.
Maria Evans
Maria Evans
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I love their expertise in fitting running shoes. Have been coming here since I moved to Clermont a few years ago. Just got a new pair last week and relied on their fitting expertise.
Beverlene Shaw
Beverlene Shaw
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Annette, was very helpful from the start, I mentioned my back pain, and she took it from there. We tried on a few pairs of shoes until we had the right pair, she made sure I was comfortable walking in them. Thank you so much.
Macquer Oney
Macquer Oney
1717277508
I live in Austin TX and I. Have. NEVER. Experienced a shoe store as friendly and informative as the Clermont location. Annette really took time to show me different options and reasons for her recommendations. I feel confident the shoes I bought will be worth it! Thank you Annette, Dash.
Abraham C
Abraham C
1717186268
I needed a pair of shoes for work. Nik was super patient and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he’s passionate about running and helping people find the right shoe. I tried on close to a dozen shoes, even hopped on the treadmill, and with all of that he answered my questions with enthusiasm. Once I settled on a pair he then helped my wife who was looking to replace her current running shoes. All around exceptional customer service experience. Thank you Nik!
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