Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Running Shoe?

There is a wide spectrum of different kinds of runners. If you are someone that runs on occasion or runs professionally, you need to be intentional about selecting the right kind of running shoe. Although many people might think that one kind of running shoe will be appropriate for everyone, this view is mistaken. It is important to select the right running shoe for many different reasons. First, the right shoe can actually support your entire body while it is engaged in this physical activity. Second, supporting your feet and body properly with the right pair of shoes can actually help you prevent developing injuries from running. Third, and perhaps most obvious, running with a properly-fitted pair of shoes will make the act of running itself less uncomfortable. It is suggested you contact a podiatrist for more information about choosing the right running shoe.  

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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