Three Key Tips to Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type


Warmer outside weather means more people will be running outside. With that being said, Triathlete has come up with three keys in finding the right running shoe.

  • Know Yourself – know what kind of ride you want and for which type running you do. If you are more of a long distance runner, a softer more cushioned shoe is best. Always pick a shoe that you know you can control at the end of the day.
  • Understand a Good Fit – Running shoes should feel tighter in the heel and mid-foot. There should be no slipping or irritation. It is also important to understand that different brands will fit differently.
  • Find the Right Offset – The heel-toe offset is the height difference between a shoe’s heel and forefoot. Accordingly a lower offset may mean an improvement in running posture, but dropping the foot too fast can lead to soreness.

The right running shoe for your foot type is vital in running well and preventing injury. If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Brummer Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

Over-pronators

Those people who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs. This can cause a series of injuries: of the knees, ankles and Achilles tendons.

Under-pronation

Is less common than over-pronation. This usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions. Under-pronations need shoes with increase in cushion and flexibility.

If you are unsure which shoes accommodate your feet, always speak to your foot specialist, or professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.