Many competitive runners agree that wearing the right running shoes can make a difference in reducing the amount of time it takes to cross the finish line. But whether it be for recreation or competition, wearing the right shoe is crucial to help prevent injuries and make running an easier experience. The following six tips can help runners select the best shoes for their feet: stay current and replace shoes every 3-4 months, take the water test to determine your striking pattern, know how you pronate, try on shoes before purchasing them, have shoes specifically for racing if you run competitively, and be willing to shop around to find the right pair.
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 go 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 contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.