Shoes are your biggest asset when it comes to preventing foot pain and injury while running. Here are some guidelines for buying running shoes that are right for you.
Go to a reputable running store
Stores that specialize in running will know a lot more about fitting your feet properly than stores that do not. In Seattle we recommend Super Jock ‘N Jill, Fleet Feet Sports, REI, or Brooks. According to Runner's World magazine here are some of the questions a store should be asking you to ensure you are buying the proper shoes.
- your level of running experience
- how much you run in a typical week
- the height of your arches
- your motion mechanics (e.g. over pronation)
- where your foot strikes the ground (e.g. forefoot)
Although you might initially rely on experts to fit you with the best shoe, it’s always best to get to know your own feet when buying shoes.
Replace the insert that comes with your shoes
Even new running shoes don’t come with an insert that will totally support you. Replace it with an over-the-counter insert such as Superfeet or Powerstep. If you have orthotics bring them with you to the store.
Go shopping at the end of the day
Feet are most likely to swell at the end of the day. Shop later in the day so you don’t buy shoes that are too small.
Check for proper size
Get your feet measured to make sure your size hasn’t changed. When you try them there should be at least one thumb’s width between the tip of the big toe and the end of the shoe. If one foot is larger than the other, buy to fit the larger size.
Test your shoes
Shoes should bend at the toe not in the center, be difficult to twist when you try to wring them out like a rag, and have a stiff heel counter that you can’t move easily. A true running shoe should pass this test easily. If not, keep shopping.
Replace worn out shoes
Shoes should be replaced after every 400-500 miles. Most runners will need to replace their shoes every 6 months.
If you still have pain after even after following these guidelines, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.