Finding the Right Running Shoe
When running for exercise, pleasure or a more competitive event, running shoes are your most important item of gear. Your running shoes support your foot through the entire gait cycle from heel strike to toe off, while also creating a strong foundation for ankles, knees, hips and back, affecting the alignment of your entire body.
There is no one best shoe and there is no best brand. The best shoe for you is the one that fits you best.
Each person’s feet are different. It is important to find the shoe that is the correct shape for you, providing you with the proper support, flexibility, and cushioning, and compensating for any foot problems you may have, such as overpronation.
It is important to know that not all athletic shoes are made alike. Just like cars, shoe brands have high-end models, with a lot of technology, and low-end models that do not. Buying an expensive running shoe with the wrong technology for your feet and activity level can cause foot pain and other related problems as easily as buying a cheap shoe without all the bells and whistles. So always shop based on the function of the shoe, not the brand name of the shoe.
It is also important to know that most running shoes do not have sufficient arch support built into them. Often, depending on your foot, it is necessary to add additional arch support. This is done by either adding an over-the-counter arch support or a custom orthotic prescribed by your doctor, in order to provide your foot with the support it needs to prevent foot pain and injury. Good running shoes often have removable insoles so the arch support can be added while still maintaining correct fit.
Wearing the proper socks is very important, especially selecting socks that wick moisture away from the foot and have the right amount of cushioning, blister protection, and anti-bacterial materials. You should always try on your new running shoes with the socks you intend to wear in them, so the fit can be adjusted accordingly. Visit a SHOES-n-FEET shoe store today and let one of the Certified Shoe Fitting Specialists help set you up for healthy running. They can help you find the shoe that is best for your running distance, speed, style, and surface, as well as for your weight, stride, and foot type.
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