One of the best things about running is that you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment. The only thing you really need is a good pair of properly fitting running shoes. However, it’s really important to take the time to find the right shoes to support your body.
Running shoes need to be replaced often because the soft rubber treads can wear out quite easily. Over time, the midsoles compress and provide less support. You should replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles, so if you run a lot, you might want to buy two pairs.
At Wiregrass Podiatry, Dr. Jennifer Decker is a highly experienced podiatrist with over a decade of experience helping patients with their foot health needs. If you need help selecting the right running shoes, or have other foot problems or questions, Dr. Decker is here to help. In the meantime, here are some tips on how to find the best running shoes for you.
How to select the right running shoes
Everyone’s feet are different, and there are many options for running shoes. It can be hard to determine which shoes are the perfect fit for your feet. There are a number of things to consider when you are shopping for running shoes.
Get the right fit
No matter how high-tech and fancy a shoe is, it won’t be right for you unless it fits you correctly. There are a number of things you can do to get the right fit. First of all, go to a quality shoe store and ensure they properly measure both of your feet.
Your feet are likely to swell during the day, so shop at the end of the day to ensure you don’t buy too-small shoes. Bring the socks that you plan to wear with these shoes. You want shoes to fit firmly in the heel with no slippage, and have about a thumb’s width of space between your big toe and the front of the shoe.
Don’t over or under pay
Good running shoes can be expensive, but they are cheaper than trying to repair your body when you get injured due to having the wrong ones. Focus on paying for well-made shoes that fit your feet. Don’t be swayed by fancy gimmicks and celebrity endorsements that add to the price tag without providing you with a better product.
Do you run on trails, on a treadmill, or do you pound the pavement? Although all running shoes look rather similar, each pair of shoes is designed for use on certain surfaces. Trail running shoes are designed for stability and traction on rough surfaces, whereas shoes for pavement or treadmill running are typically lighter and lower traction.
Some shoe stores will let you take the shoes for a short run to try them before you buy. Since you don’t run the same way you walk, taking a short run can help determine if the shoes will really work for you. You feet should feel well-supported and cushioned and the shoes should not rub or feel too loose.
The arches, or curved undersides of your feet, vary quite a bit from person to person. Some people have high arches, some have medium arches, and others have low arches or flat feet. Your arches have a big impact on determining which shoes are right for you.
People with high arches need shoes with cushioning that can absorb the shock of their feet striking the ground. Those with medium arches can wear a variety of shoes with less cushioning. People with low arches or flat feet need shoes with greater stability.
Running is a great form of exercise that you can do almost anywhere, and it only requires a good pair of running shoes. How can you choose from all the shoe options available today? Focusing on selecting a quality shoe that fits your feet is a good place to start.
At Wiregrass Podiatry, we are committed to helping you with all your foot care needs. Call our office or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment today!