Jogging or running can provide many benefits. For example, it can help you relieve stress, manage your weight, and boost your mood.
But, while running can be great for your health, it can also be hard on your feet. You can easily suffer from foot and ankle injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and more. So it’s crucial that you select the right footwear to run in.
In this blog, Kerry Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, explains what you should look for when it comes to running shoes.
The arch on the bottom of your foot supports your body weight and navigates how your foot rolls when taking a step. The way your foot moves, which is called pronation, matched with the height of your arch are key factors in choosing well-fitting running shoes.
Your arch is either low, neutral, or high. Each type of arch affects the way your foot turns. For example, you might notice that your foot does one of the following:
One way to see what type of arch you have is to wet your feet, stand on a paper bag, and then stand back from the paper bag. Finally, look at the footprints you made.
If you have a normal arch, you’ll likely see a distinct curve along the inside of your foot from your heel to your big toe. If you have a low arch, you’ll likely not see a noticeable curve. And if you have a high arch, you’ll likely only see a small print connecting your heel and toe.
If you’re not sure what type of arch you have, Dr. Berg can help you understand your foot type and choose a running shoe that keeps your feet stable as you move.
Once you know what type of arch you have, you can select your shoe type. Though there are hundreds of running shoes to choose from, there are only three categories:
If you have low arches, motion control running shoes are most likely right for you. The arches in these shoes have increased stability and support to help keep your feet from overpronating as you run.
These shoes are best if you have a neutral arch. They provide cushioning and support along the sides of your arches and offer stability in the heels while giving you increased flexibility in the toe areas.
If you have high arches, you might find that cushioning running shoes fit best. While they provide some rigid support in the arch area, they are made of a lightweight, soft material that helps give your feet extra cushion while you move.
When you’re ready to buy your running shoes, visit a high-quality running shoe store. You can rely on a good selection and get guidance from an expert. Typically, the employees at running stores are highly trained in athletic shoe brands.
When you visit the store, Dr. Berg recommends that you keep a few tips in mind. Try on shoes later in the day when your feet are at their largest, and bring your running socks, braces, or orthotics you plan to wear, so you can get the best feel and fit.
When you try on each pair of shoes, be sure to walk, jog, and stand on your tiptoes to check for comfort and support. Finding shoes that fit well can keep your feet comfortable and free from injuries. However, even the right shoes don’t last forever. Dr. Berg recommends that you log your miles and replace your shoes every 400-600 miles, because they lose support and shock absorption over time.
To learn more about finding the best running shoes for your feet, call 719-873-8973 or book an appointment online with Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates today.