Thu Jan 5, 2023
Running is a great activity for fitness with many benefits. You can do it anywhere and at any time. Whether you want to stay indoors on the treadmill or go outside and run trails, you will want to make sure you avoid any injuries. The running shoes you wear will be a big factor in your foot health.
What to Look for in a Running Shoe
One of the most important elements to consider when shopping for new running shoes is your foot type. Wearing the wrong fitting shoes can cause all sorts of problems such as bunions, hammertoes and general foot pain.
If you can measure the length and width of your foot, it will help you in determining proper sizing. For example, if you have wide feet, you will want to avoid shoes that are too narrow in their toe box, as this can lead to bunions developing.
Likewise, shoes with too high an arch can push the foot down, forcing your toes to compress against the front of the shoe, and bend too much, leading to hammer toes. Such conditions can require surgery if not treated soon enough.
Arch support is another important factor. For example, if you have flat feet, you want to make sure to select a shoe with a firm, but cushioned supportive sole. You should also consider shoes that can fit orthotics inside. Orthotics will provide much shock absorption, which will help you avoid unnecessary foot pain.
It is important to use the proper shoe to whichever respective activity you may engage in. Whether it is a leisurely walk, a trail run, or casual wear, there is a shoe that will be best for the occasion.
Without further ado, here are a few recommendations for shoes that will keep your feet injury free.
Best to Use For: This is a great shoe for long distance running. However, it works really well for casual running workouts too.
What Feels Great: Asics shoes are known for their soft cushioning, so you will have soft, cushy landings with every step or stride. The show also has a firm foam support through the whole arch for added stability.
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Best to Use For: While these work great for long or casual runs, they are the perfect shoes for those who may spend a lot of time on their feet at work or live in a place where you do a lot of walking.
What Feels Great: These are very comfortable shoes that are soft and very breathable. The Fresh Foam X material allows for a very bouncy and soft cushioning.
Best to Use For: Great for everyday casual running or walking. Also great for nice and easy recovery runs.
What Feels Great: The cushioning is very comfortable, yet the show is also lightweight. You will feel like you’re running on a cloud. Foam padding around the ankle also helps with stability. All of this factors into preventing foot pain.
Best to Use For: These shoes are designed for running, so if you are a competitive runner or you do more intense running workouts, these are perfect for you.
What Feels Great: Very supportive heel for stability and responsive cushioning to allow for comfort. These shoes have very good grip for all sorts of weather and surfaces. The Adidas Boost Technology allows for the shoe to absorb and return your energy into your stride.
Best to Use For: These shoes are specifically made for runners with flat feet and overpronation. They are great for everyday running.
What Feels Great: There is nice cushioning inside of the shoe, for great impact absorption. However, the shoe is still lightweight and not clunky in any way. The cushioned midsole allows for nice stability. It is also a very durable shoe.
General Recommendations for Injury Prevention
- If you have not run in a while, ease into it.
- Make sure to replace your running shoes every 3 to 6 months.
- Insert orthotics into your shoes to relieve pressure.
- Perform Ankle exercises at home, such as calf raises or towel stretches
- Best to buy a running shoe that is looser than tighter, as your feet expand when you run, and a shoe that is too tight will cause all sorts of foot pain and potential injuries.
- Make sure to do a proper warm up before any strenuous running. (Do not start your workout with all out sprints)
- Stretch after you run. Treat the stretch as if it is a part of your workout, even if it is just an extra 5-10 minutes.
- If you feel any sort of weird pain, stop your run immediately.
- If you are experiencing any lingering foot pain beyond typical soreness, it is best to consult a podiatrist.
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