How to Select Optimal Running Footwear

Choosing the right size footwear for running is pivotal in ensuring a comfortable and injury-free experience. Begin by measuring your foot length and width, considering variations between brands and models. Prioritize a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the shoe’s end to accommodate natural foot swelling during running. Verify that the shoe snugly holds the heel without excessive tightness or slipping. Additionally, assess the arch support and overall fit to align with your foot’s unique structure. It is important to try on both shoes, as foot sizes can differ slightly. As you test the shoes, simulate running motions to gauge comfort and stability. Remember that the right size is not solely determined by numerical measurements; it is about finding a shoe that feels secure, and supportive, and allows for the natural movement of your feet. If you would like additional information on how to choose the right shoe size, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Craig Foster, DPM from Traction Podiatry Group. Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Gilbert, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.