SELECT THE RIGHT RUNNING SHOE FOR YOUR FOOT TYPE:
If running is part of your exercise regimen, then you need to understand the importance of a well-fitting running shoe. The right shoe will make the difference between prolonged injury or an enjoyable running experience. The problem lies on the fact that some runners are not informed - they just select the most popular shoes or brands. Not many realize that they are different foot types and shapes, and it's important that they select a shoe that accommodates their foot shape to prevent running injuries.
How do you determine your foot type? It's really quite simple. Get a piece of dark paper and then soak your feet and step on the paper. Look closely at the imprint. There are generally three types of feet.
- If your imprint covers most of the feet (not much arch at all) then you have flat feet. You are among the 60% of the population in America with flat feet.
- If you show a wide arch and narrow line of your outer foot then you have high arches. You are among the 30% of the population.
- If your imprint has a medium arch then congratulation....you are among the few with the ideal foot shape.
Regardless of what foot type you have, there are running shoes that are right for you. With all the pressure one gets from TV ads or what is "popular to wear now", you really need to put the health aspect first. Most likely you will be able to find a show that is right for your foot type and still have style.
To determine the shoe to buy, here are some guidelines:
- For the flat-footed person, you will want to buy a shoe that is rigid and stable. This will prevent your ankles from bending inward or outward and it will protect you.
- If you have high arches, you will want to look for a very cushioned shoe. High arched feet don't absorb shock very well so you'll want that cushion to help with that.
- For the medium arch or ideal foot, you want the combination of both stability AND cushioning for your feet.
When you try on a shoe it should be snug, but not tight, and there should be approximately a 1/2-inch between your longest toe and the front of your running shoe. Shoe Shopping Tip: Shop for your shoes late in the afternoon when your feet are a little more spread. If it is not comfortable when you are in the store, imagine what it will be like when you are out on a run... so make sure you test them well while you're there.
In summary, those shoes you bought that were such a bargain may be cause for concern in the future, so pick wisely and may your running experience be smooth and wonderful. Your feet will be most grateful! And remember... if you are experiencing ANY type of foot or ankle discomfort visit the foot health team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. ASAP! Call 734-522-7676 for a convenient appointment.