Finding the perfect pair of running shoes is the first step for any beginner embarking on their running journey. Your choice of footwear can significantly impact your comfort, performance, and overall running experience. It may help to have a podiatrist analyze your gait, arch type, and foot shape in order to guide your purchase. Consider where you plan to run most frequently. Different shoes are designed for specific terrains, such as road running, trail running, or even treadmill running. Comfort should be a top priority when trying on running shoes. They should feel snug but not too tight. Make sure there's ample room for your toes to wiggle and breathe. Take your time to try on several pairs and jog around the store to get a real feel for how they perform. Also, remember that running shoes have a limited lifespan, typically ranging from 350 to 500 miles, depending on terrain, running style, and body weight. Keep track of your mileage and be prepared to replace your shoes when they show signs of wear and tear. For more information on finding the right running shoe for you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Carrie Frame, DPM from West Virginia Foot & Ankle. 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
Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.
Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe
- Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
- There should be little to no slipping at the heel
- Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
- Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
- Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our our office located in Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.