Runners Can Switch Shoes to Lower Injury Likelihood

Runners Can Switch Shoes to Lower Injury Likelihood

Luxembourg scientists held a study that focused on the rate of injury among runners. The main focus of the study was the intensity rate of the runners’ training as well as the type of footwear that was being worn. As the study found, the subjects who switched up their footwear routinely were able to reduce their injury rate by 39%.

Switching shoes can take some of the pressure off commonly worked tissues and reapply it to other areas, which can put less strain on the muscles. "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces on the lower legs during running activity,” the scientists said.

Choose the right running shoe to prevent injury. If you happened to suffer a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care if you would like to learn more. Dr. Discont can address your foot and ankle needs.  

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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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