Running Shoes Should Feel Comfortable

runners.pngIn the past runners were encouraged to select shoes that matched their individual foot types and pronation habits. But now some fitness experts are claiming that comfort may actually be the most important part of a running shoe.

Many sports medicine scholars like Bryan Heiderscheit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison say there isn’t much factual data to support the idea that shoes designed to match a runner’s biomechanics can prevent injuries. Instead, runners might be better off just picking footwear that feels good on their feet. Heiderscheit admits that there are still a lot of people who think the design of a shoe is extremely important though, especially in the multi-billion dollar shoe-making industry.

It might be wise to take both the comfort level and the design of a pair of running shoes into consideration before buying them. If you have questions about what to look for when shopping for running footwear, call podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will analyze your foot type and give you advice about what style might work best for you.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes.

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