The Right Shoe

 

Everyone wants a comfortable running shoe but most do not know the features to look for. People tend to do a process of elimination until they find the perfect fit, which in the long run can be expensive and frustrating. According to the 2013 Winter Shoe Guide from runnersworld.com, when looking for a shoe, you must consider arch type, activity level, weight, and if you’re injury prone.

 choosing a shoe

Body Mass Index will tell you how much body fat you have. The optimal BMI is 25. If you are overweight then you would require a sturdier shoe, whereas being underweight requires a lighter shoe.

 

For runners wanting a minimal feel that are working on their form and foot strengthening, look for shoes that have thinner midsoles. These shoes should be light and flexible. It will feel like you have nothing on your feet.

 

If you tend to be injury prone, then a shoe with more cushion and support is preferred. This will prevent further foot and ankle sprains, knee or back injuries. This type of shoe will also aide in shock absorption thus reducing heel pain.

 

Runners should also consider their arch profile. The Normal arched runner will have normal pronation, meaning their feet roll just the right amount and can wear almost any shoe. However, a High arched runner will underpronate and cannot absorb shock well. These runners must look for a shoe with extra cushioning. On the other hand, runners with a flat foot will overpronate or roll their feet too much which can lead to foot and ankle injuries. A shoe with extra support and cushioning will be beneficial.

 

There are thousands of different shoes on the market but our Doctors at Foot Healthcare Associates, Dr. Mozen, Dr. Belken, Dr. Josey, Dr. Martins and myself, (Dr. Barnett) can help you.  If you have questions about your feet, want to know how to avoid injuries or want more information on whether the shoe you have is good for your foot type, give us a call and schedule an appointment with our running podiatrist!  Bring in your shoes at your consultation where we can evaluate them and help you find the proper fit. For the complete article on Winter Shoe Guide visit, http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe-guide/winter-2013   If you have questions, please email me directly at drsbarnett@michiganpodiatry.com, or set up appointment at Foot Healthcare Associates by calling 248-258-0001.

 

Reference: Dengate, J & Shorten,M. Winter Shoe Guide,  Runnersworld.com, 2013.