The available array of running shoes is a positive thing but can be daunting. It is not easy to determine the right pair of running shoes for your feet and your needs. The shoes must fit well and be comfortable. Running shoes have different purposes and are designed to fit the foot of the runner in specific ways. Slight variations can impact one's running experience. Trying them on later in the day, with socks and insoles that will be worn while running, can help ensure a proper fit. Everything above the sole of the running shoe should lay smooth and not bind, chafe, or bunch anywhere. The heel should not slip or irritate the back of the Achilles tendon but should allow for comfortable ankle movement. The way the shoes lace and support the arch should feel secure and allow for the natural doming of the arch while running. The toe box should be wide enough to allow the toes to spread naturally and should not rub against them in any way. The soles of the running shoes should match the running surface and be made of materials that provide traction, stability, and durability, without adding weight or stiffness. The proper shoes should flex or roll in the way the foot moves, be cushioned to personal comfort, and be of a height that feels right and reduces stress on weak parts of the feet. If overpronation is a problem, the shoes purchased should have more stabilization features. If you have questions about the right running shoes for you, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for help in this area.
If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.
- Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
- Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
- Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.