If you’re planning to make running a regular activity then getting the right equipment is essential. The most important equipment in a runner’s arsenal is good pair of running shoes. But choosing the right pair is more than getting the right size or brand. You should also consider the type of foot you have.
Just like shoes, our feet come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And knowing our exact foot type ensures that we get the right type of running shoes needed for the job. Signs that your running shoes need a change include pain and discomfort. You could also get easily tired which interferes with your running program.
Pain is a clear signal that something’s wrong when you’re running. And when this is felt on the foot, it can be a sign of injury. Visiting a podiatrist avoids long-term foot injuries. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who can help identify your foot type and give you advice on which running shoes works best for you.
Ten Tips when buying running shoes
- Determine your foot size while standing
- Try fitting shoes while wearing your socks
- Buy shoes later in the day, feet swell up during the day
- You might be surprised that your feet are not the exact mirror size of the other. Buy shoes that fit your larger foot.
- Look for shoes that are specifically designed for your running discipline. Go for all terrain running shoes if you plan on running outdoors or places with rough surfaces. Running shoes are also available for track runners.
- Run with your new shoes for a short distance to get a feel of how it performs before engaging in a long run.
- A perfectly fit shoe does not leave too much room between your toes and the shoe tip. Be sure that the shoe does not feel loose when running.
- Never compromise price for quality but don’t go overboard by buying the most expensive shoes you’ll find. Search for shoes made from light sturdy materials and those that allow your feet to breathe.
- If they don’t feel comfortable at the store it won’t feel good when running either.
- Having an extra pair keeps your running shoes last longer. It would also give you time to clean your shoes without spending downtime from running. This ensures that you will always have a pair of dry shoes even when it’s constantly raining.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.