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Finding the Right Running Shoe

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

There are various types of running shoes that are tailored to specific running needs. One of the most important things to look for in a running shoe is a perfect fit. This can be easier to do when the shoes are tried on at the end of the day, when the feet are at their largest. It is necessary to make sure there is adequate room between the toes and the top of the shoe, in addition to choosing the right width. There are three categories of running shoes, and it is beneficial to know what kind of running is most likely to be pursued. An everyday running shoe can handle the type of general running that many people do, and is considered to be the most durable. If faster workouts or running races are preferred, a lightweight shoe may be purchased, and it is made with less cushioning. People who like running on rocky trails or dirt may buy a trail running shoe, which has lugs on the sole that may provide better support than other running shoes. If you have questions about what type of running shoe is best for you, please confer with a podiatrist who can direct you toward choosing the best shoe for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Maxka from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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