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By Dr. Bruce Theall
October 24, 2012
Category: Running


According to Drishya Nair of Counsel & Heal, purchasing shoes that look nice or cost more doesn’t necessarily mean they are good to your foot health. Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center conducted a study, which consisted of marathon runners to determine if there is a link between foot injuries and ill-fitting shoes. According to the principal investigator of the study, Katherine Dux; most of these foot related injuriesare related to improper shoes, socks or training.    

Dux suggests buy their shoes during the latter half of the day; since their legs have much room for swelling walking has been done during the early part of the day. According to the article, runners usually seek treatment for injures like sprained ankles during a marathon. Wearing a shoe that does not fit properly can not only lead to foot pain or ankle pain, but serious foot injuries can occur if you try to exercise without the proper equipment. When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall can not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

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. Finding a shoe with extra stability and control is vital to well-balanced walking and overall foot health.

Under-pronation

Is less common than over-pronation. This usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. When the feet land, they are unable to roll inward. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions.  This can often lead to fractures, ligament tears and muscle strains. 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 visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.