Are Shock Absorbing Shoes a Waste of Money?
There are many opinions regarding whether or not shock absorbing shoes are worth it. Some say they’re unnecessary, while others claim that they’re the only way to go if you want to stay healthy and avoid injury. There’s no right answer here; all opinions have merit, but there’s one thing everyone seems to agree upon: shock absorbing shoes aren’t necessary for your job.
What is Shock Absorbing?
Shock absorbing means to absorb energy from impact. If you’ve ever been hit by a car, you know how hard it can hurt! You probably feel like you just got run over by a truck. That’s because when something hits your body at high speed, it does damage to your organs and tissues. When those tissues get damaged, they don’t heal properly and cause pain. Shock absorbing shoes do exactly what their name implies – they protect your feet from getting injured. They do this by reducing the force of impact so much that it doesn’t even register as painful.
How Do Shock Absorbing Shoes Work?
The sole of a shoe provides support to the foot and ankle area. A shock absorber is a piece of material (usually rubber) that absorbs some of the energy generated during impact. It’s the material that makes a car ride feel soft and smooth. If you’ve ever driven on a bumpy road, you know how painful it can be to your body. A good shock absorber will absorb all of the bumps, making it so you hardly even notice them.
A shock absorbing insole is a type of shoe insert that reduces shock by dispersing it throughout the material. It’s usually made from a foam that doesn’t break down easily.
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