If you run, you need the right footwear. Luckily, Foot and Ankle Associates of Cleveland is well prepared to support your footwear needs. Before you decide which shoe is right for you, let’s break down some common sense tips that can both improve performance and decrease the likelihood of injury.
Replace your old shoes
Buy a new pair at approximately 400 miles. To keep them fresh, try to have two pairs on hand and alternate them. The wear and tear from repeated motions can erode the support of a running shoe, which might increase your risk of overuse issues like plantar fasciitis.
Invest in good socks and laces
The right pair of socks will provide valuable cushioning and even help with sweating. The wrong pair might contribute to unpleasant conditions like toenail fungus. Laces with ‘bumps’ along them might cost a little more, but they don’t move around in your shoes, keeping your feet in place.
Understand your feet
Are your arches high, neutral, or flat? Do your ankles roll when you run? Knowing these traits beforehand will help you choose the right shoes for you. Our expert podiatrists can personally analyze your gait and pronation, so you’ll be fully equipped to make the right choice.
Consider custom orthotic inserts
Custom orthotic inserts can make the difference. These valuable tools can enhance your running game by helping to prevent injuries before they occur.
Whether you’re jogging around the block or pounding the pavement in marathons, your feet are your friends when it comes to running. So, give them somewhere nice to live!
If you’re a runner seeking preventative treatment or suffering from related injuries, call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, Dr. Jim Swienconek, Dr. Rachel Robinson, and Dr. Courtney Yoder look forward to serving you with professionalism, compassion, and expertise. Our beautiful office features the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties. We also proudly serve patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.