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How to Choose a Running Shoe

Fall is a great season for running outdoors. The temperature is moderate and the views of colorful foliage can be beautiful and inspiring. Choosing the right shoe for your running adventures is essential to preventing injury and ensuring a comfortable and relatively pain free outing. A good pair of running shoes can help avoid debilitating injuries such as shin splints, peroneal tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Since getting the right running shoes for your foot type can be a daunting experience, here are some helpful tips that can decrease some of the anxiety of heading to the shoe store:

  • Determine your foot type—You can tell a lot about your foot type by inspecting the wear pattern on your old sneakers. If the shoe is worn towards the outer edges, then you have a condition called supination. Wear on the inner edges indicates overpronation. Specific shoes are designed to correct these and other types of problems. Your podiatrist can perform a gait analysis and take any guess work out of the equation.
  • What type of running?—If you will be doing trail running, cross-training, or road running, there is a specific shoe for each of these activities. There are motion control features, stability shoes, and shoes with extra cushioning for shock absorption during long runs.
  • Try on shoes at the end of the day—Since your feet have a tendency to swell throughout the day, go shoe shopping later to get the best fit.
  • Space in front—Make sure you have about a thumb’s width of space in the front of the shoe to avoid constriction and rubbing injuries such as corns, calluses, and blistering.

See your podiatrist today for a complete gait analysis and foot exam before you head to the shoe store. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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