Boxers face many bone and joint problems due to powerful punching. A carpel fracture is most common and still most painful of all problems. It affects the bone in the lower hand or upper wrist. Pain and weakness in the wrist are symptoms of carpel fracture. While large knuckles of index and middle fingers can handle the impact, smaller knuckles break when a punch lands wrong. Even outside the boxing circles, this kind of fracture is called a ‘boxer’s fracture’. Apart from these two fractures, a boxer’s hands have to face scraps, bruises and minor sprains. Though they are no emergencies, they must be treated properly.While going for a boxing training or boxing match, shoes are very important. There are many elements to consider while buying new shoes for boxing. Tractions as well as support are among the important factors to consider. Here are some tips on choosing the right shoes.
Focus on tractions: In boxing, you need to avoid slip as well as slide. On the other hand, you also need to pivot and move and strike fast. So, look for boxing shoes with soles that are not too thick or too thin. Ensure they are comfortable to move in. Try various movements, like forward, backward. Make sure your feet feels secured with the shoes.
Mid-tops or high-tops? Both these shoes have their pros as well as cons. Different fighters prefer them according to their needs. Mid-tops offer better mobility as they provide with ankle support. High-top shoes offer lateral and ankle support. But the con is they may sometimes restrict your movements. They will cover your ankle to offer security.
Choose the right size: one’s regular shoe size is the best one to go for. Buy boxing shoes that are narrow as well as tight fitting. Heels should be locked down. Make sure the shoes do not give you pain or irritation. Move by wearing the shoes and make sure they are enough comfortable. Make sure your feet do not move inside the shoes.
Light weight: Sports like boxing require fast movement on your feet. Heavy shoes will hamper this. So, always choose the pair of shoes made of light weight material.
Breathable: shoes must be made of materials, like suede, mesh or leather. Mesh is breathable. Suede as well as leather is also breathable too.
Closure system: For adjusting the shoes, there are laces or zippers or velcro. Laces allow most customisation while zippers and velcro are faster to adjust.
Support: While training or fighting, you need greater grip on the floor. Lateral as well as ankle support is crucial to feel stable. Ankle support depends on the shoes you are wearing.
Durability: Leather is also durable followed by another material – suede, synthetic and finally the most breathable mesh. Durable shoes will also save your money as they will last longer.