How to Choose a Good Pair of Running Shoes

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If you want to talk about putting pressure on your feet, talk about running! Your feet absorb most of the impact when you run – up to four times the amount you weigh. That’s a lot of force. And that’s why it’s vitally important to wear the right shoes when you run.

Good running shoes provide excellent support and cushioning. But to choose the proper running shoe for you, you’ve got to know how your body moves. What do your feet need to be well-protected from the demands running puts on them? For example –

  • Do your ankles tend to roll inward when you run? You’ll need a shoe that compensates for overpronation.
  • Does the outside of your foot bear much of the weight with each step? You’ll need running shoes that help correct underpronation.
  • Do you have high, flat, or neutral arches? The amount of cushioning in your running shoes will vary depending on how much arch support you need.

Luckily, there are many different kinds and brands of running shoes from which to choose. Enlist the help of a knowledgeable salesperson to guide you through your purchase. Before you buy, to be doubly sure you’re getting the right fit, visit our experienced podiatric surgeons, Dr. Craig B. FreyDr. Megan L. Oltmann, and Dr. Jim Swienconek. We’ll assess your gait, examine your arches, and recommend the best kind of running shoes for you. To prevent injuries, we may also recommend custom orthotic inserts for your running shoes. Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.