At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the right shoes for a runner can maximize performance and minimize your risk for injury. Many patients, however, do not know how to choose the best running shoes. The wrong shoes can increase your risk for common injuries like plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, shin splints, nerve trouble, and toenail irritation. Below are some tips to help you make a good choice.
What’s Right for You?
Each person’s feet are unique. The right shoes start with a proper understanding of the needs for your individual feet. A visit to our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office to have your feet evaluated by our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson can give you valuable information. Bring your current athletic shoes with you because the podiatrist will be able to tell quite a bit about your feet from the wear pattern in your shoes.
The foot doctor can examine your arch—a person with a high arch will benefit from different shoe styles than a person with flat feet. If you have any pain during or after running, it’s essential that you give the foot doctor all the details about what you experience. The podiatrist can also make specific recommendations for shoe designs that will best accommodate chronic foot issues like sesamoiditis, heel spurs or weak ankles.
At the Store
Choose a professional sports store with a knowledgeable staff for your shoe shopping. Many good running shoe stores will have a treadmill with video analysis to see your gait and running style. You should also inform the salesperson of the type of surface you will be running on (pavement, grass, etc.). A few other helpful suggestions:
- Shop at the end of the day. The further you run the more your feet swell. At the end of a normal day, your feet are at their largest.
- Bring the type of socks that you wear running to try on with the shoes you are considering.
- Be sure you have plenty of room in the toe box to prevent nail injuries.
- Put on both shoes and actually try running in them on the store’s treadmill or in the parking area to be sure they are comfortable.
If you have additional questions, contact us.