Having competed in three Olympics, Paul Williams, owner of Vancouver-based running store Peninsula Runners, is very familiar with running shoes. While minimalist running shoes were the most popular choice in the past, the latest trend in running shoes is cushioning. “This makes it more form-fitting,” Williams shared. “With minimalist shoes there were too many injuries, so now we’re back to a moderate shoe … I think when you have more protection you can run harder and faster, reducing injuries such as shin splints, Achilles tendinitis and knee pain.” William recommends that runners wear shoes that are properly fitted to ensure significant arch support for the feet.
Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to 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 properly 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, improperly 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
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