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What Kind of Running Shoes Are Best?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

What kind of running shoes do you need? Last week we shared some great general tips for helping you buy shoes…we want to help you take care of your feet! 

 We thought we would spend some time this week getting a little more specific and helping the runners out there. So, all you runners… listen up!

I know you love running and all the endorphins that go along with it, but running and jogging exert brute force on your feet, legs, hips and spine, and if you’re not wearing the proper running shoes, you could end up with some pretty bad injuries!  

Proper shoe selection is critical to protect yourself from possible injuries and long-term problems! 

So, here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for your next pair of running shoes:

  • Fit the shoe to your longest toe, which is often your second toe.
  • Shoes should be comfortable when you first try them on. Don’t buy shoes and plan to “break them in” by wearing them.
  • Take the same socks you’ll use for jogging. They should fit well, be made without seams, which could cause irritation to the foot. If you use extra-thick socks while running, select shoes with enough room. Socks should be made mostly out of synthetic materials which “wick” moisture away from the foot. This reduces the chance of developing blisters.
  • The shoe should grip your heel firmly.
  • While the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to wiggle all your toes.
  • You should have at least 1/4 inch of space beyond your longest toe.

Weight, foot structure, and running regimen are also variables to be keep in mind when choosing your shoe. And, you need to consider whether a special insert will be used in your shoe, and whether your running style is flat-footed or on the balls of the feet. This will further help you determine the best shoes for you!

And don’t forget, running shoes should provide good cushioning for shock absorption, and be able to fully bend at the ball of the foot area!

If you would like to learn more about taking care of your feet, or if you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.

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