If you’re a runner, you know that your shoes are an integral piece of equipment when it comes to comfort, performance and injury prevention. Your foot type and function will determine which type of running shoe will be best for your unique needs and training regimen. A shoe must properly fit the shape and design of your foot before you can train in it comfortably.
There are several factors to consider when searching for a new running shoe. These may include:
- Foot structure
- Foot function
- Body type
- Existing foot problems
- Biomechanical needs
- Training regimen
- Environmental factors
- Previously worn running shoe
Failing to replace old, worn shoes is a major cause of running injuries, as old shoes gradually lose their stability and shock absorption capacity. The typical lifespan of a pair of running shoes is approximately 500 miles. It’s important to keep track of their mileage to avoid overuse.
Helpful tips for choosing your shoes include:
- Go to a reputable shoe store that specializes in running footwear
- Bring your old/current running shoes with you
- Know your foot type, shape as well as any problems you’ve previously experienced
- Have your feet measured
- Wear the same socks you wear when training
- Try on both shoes, and give them a test run
If you’re a beginning runner and just starting your training regimen, then it’s a good idea to visit our office for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will examine your feet, identify potential problems and discuss the best running shoes for your foot structure and type. Seasoned runners should also visit their podiatrist periodically to check for potential injuries.
Don’t allow poor shoes choices derail your training program and jeopardize your running goals. A proper-fitting running shoe is an invaluable training tool that allows you to perform your best without injury or pain. The correct footwear, in combination with a proper training routine and professional attention from a skilled podiatrist, is the key to minimizing faulty foot mechanics and maximizing your performance.