Choosing the Correct Running Shoes

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Shopping for footwear, in general, can be a difficult experience, with all the varieties of footwear available, and choosing the correct running shoe also has no shortage of available options. Not only will choosing the correct running shoe make your run more enjoyable and less painful, but also making the perfect choice will help to avoid debilitating injuries including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains.

Always pick a store with a knowledgeable staff and be certain to have your feet properly measured and fitted each time you shop for shoes. Your feet have a tendency to increase in size with age and activity level.

Some helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for running shoes include the following:

  • Shoe types—You can choose among neutral shoes, motion control shoes, stability shoes, and extra cushioning, depending upon your needs.
  • Different kinds of running—Depending upon whether you will be road-running, trail-running or cross-training, a shoe with the correct support and cushioning is available.
  • Do you have arch problems?—Specific shoes and custom-made orthotic inserts are designed to help correct and compensate for pronation and gait abnormalities. The wear pattern on your old sneakers can help determine if you have these problems.
  • Computerized gait analysis—Your podiatrist can perform a gait analysis to determine your unique walking mechanics and how to use custom orthotic inserts and arch supports for correction.

Ask your podiatrist for assistance in determining your foot type and gait. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.