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Selecting the Ideal Shoe for Running

Choosing the right running shoe is essential for an enjoyable and injury-free run, regardless of your running style. For road running, opt for cushioned shoes that provide ample shock absorption and support for consistent, even surfaces. Trail running demands shoes with a sturdy outsole, strong traction, and added stability to handle uneven, rugged terrain. If you are interested in sprinting and short-distance runs, lightweight shoes with spikes or cleats offer the grip and speed you need. For long-distance running, prioritize comfort, arch support, and ample cushioning to endure the extended impact on your feet. Minimalist shoes are designed for runners seeking a barefoot-like experience, promoting a natural stride and strengthening foot muscles. Understanding your running style and the surface you'll be running on will guide you in finding the perfect pair that complements your unique needs and preferences. If you would like more information about the type of running shoes to purchase for various running styles, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking. 

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Michael Tomey, DPM from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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