Tips to Purchasing Running Shoes
Have you ever gone to a sporting good store looking for a new pair of running shoes only to walk to the shoe section and instantly become overwhelmed with sheer number of options to chose from. This is a common occurrence for many people who do not know how to buy the right shoe for their needs. Although there is no so called “perfect” shoe for all runners there are various characteristics that may help foster healthy running patterns. Listed below are 5 key characteristics of shoes the physicians at Desert Health Specialists alway recommend to help promote healthy running motion.
- Minimal heel-to-toe drop
- This refers to the thickness difference between the heel cushion and the toe cushion for the shoe. When considering a shoe this is the first thing to assess. (Shoes with 6mm or less soles are consider “minimal” shoes)
- Look at Neutral Shoes
- These are shoes that do not contain stability or motion control elements. These two things can affect the normal foot motions during running potentially leading to injury.
- Keep it Light
- Make sure the shoes your running in are between 8-10 oz for men and women. To heavy of shoes will change your running pattern and to light of shoes might not have enough cushion.
- Wide Toe Box
- To snug of a toe box will affect your running pattern and could cause injuries in your feet. So make sure your able to wiggle your toes in your new shoes.
- To much cushioning permits extra motion of the lower extremity and to little cushion may be uncomfortable to run in. So walk around the store in the shoes before you buy them to assess the cushioning.
Have more question regard if your shoes are right for you?
Call Desert Health Specialists at (480) 237-3889
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