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Factors for Choosing Running Shoes

Finding the perfect pair of running shoes is essential for a comfortable and injury-free running experience. When shopping for running shoes, consider support needs based on your foot's pronation, whether it is on the inside, outside, or neutral. This determines if you require stability or neutral shoes. Pay attention to key elements of the shoe's upper, including the ankle collar, heel counter, saddle, and toe box, ensuring they provide proper support without causing irritation. Cushioning is another important factor, with options like max, mid, and light-cushioning. When it comes to sizing, choose a shoe that is a half size larger than your actual foot size to allow a thumb's width space between your longest toe and the shoe's end. This extra room reduces friction, minimizes the risk of blisters, and accommodates foot swelling during runs. For help in determining the right type of running shoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to evaluate your foot, stride, and gait, as well as treating any existing foot problems.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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