At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, running has seen a resurgence as the fitness activity of choice. Given the current situation with the coronavirus, it’s not surprising. Running is a sport you can safely do while maintaining social distance. It also can be done whenever it fits your schedule and pretty much wherever you are. It also does not require lots of equipment—the only thing you need is a good pair of running shoes.
Your choice of running shoes is very important. Do not skimp on quality, because your running shoes can be the key to preventing injuries and foot pain. Common disorders runners experience include plantar fasciitis, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, and metatarsalgia. The risk of all these and more can be reduced by choosing shoes with the proper features. Below are some tips for picking out the right running shoes for you.
- Start with an evaluation of your feet by our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins. The foot doctor will check for chronic problems like flat feet and weak ankles. Depending on the structure of your feet and any disorders you currently suffer with, the podiatrist can make recommendations about the types of running shoe styles that will be best.
- Shop at a store that specializes in athletic footwear. Get your feet professionally measured and tell the shoe salesperson about any foot problems you have. Stores that focus on running shoes often have a treadmill that measures your gait and can help the salesperson choose shoes that will be comfortable for you.
- It’s best to do your shoe shopping late in the day—that’s when your feet are at their largest and most swollen. You should also bring along the type of socks you’ll wear when running and your orthotic if the podiatrist has prescribed one.
- In general, a good running shoe should be lightweight and made of breathable material. Flexibility in the forefoot with a firm heel counter and sufficient cushioning to provide shock absorption are all important features to check for.
- Take your time. Try on both shoes and, if possible, run in them on the store treadmill. Make sure they feel comfortable before you leave the store.