Picking out the right running shoe can be a daunting task for many runners, who are often left overwhelmed by the numerous options available for purchase. Unless you are suffering from a certain condition, the best option may be to select a supportive but neutral shoe. To begin, running coach James Dunne states, “Find somewhere that will let you try a few pairs on and don’t get too drawn into whatever is the new ‘hype’ in trainers, go for something that’s tried and tested. Unless you’ve got a specific reason to need a particularly supportive shoe, I’d just go for a firm but neutral shoe, as a starting point.”   

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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