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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 04, 2018
Category: Proper footwear

Have you checked your running shoes lately? Even shoes that are not showing obvious signs of wear and tear should be replaced every year or every 300-500 miles. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that many feet and ankle injuries to runners are due to having inappropriate or improperly fitted running shoes. Below are 6 tips to consider when purchasing a new pair of shoes:

  1. Fit existing foot conditions. If you have a foot disorder or deformity, such as bunions, flat feet or heel spurs, it is important that you choose a running shoe that will accommodate your condition. Have your feet and ankles evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, before you go to the shoe store. The foot doctor can make recommendations based on your individual foot for features that will increase comfort and decrease the risk of injury. In some cases, a custom orthotic device may be prescribed.
  2. Go with the pros. For serious runners, it’s best to go to a sports shoe specialty store and have your foot fitted by a professional who knows running shoes. Many stores will even have a treadmill for you to run on that can record and analyze your gait and pronation to aid in a more accurate fit.
  3. Shop prepared. Wear the type of sock you will use when running to try on the shoes. Bring any orthotics with you as well. It’s best to shop for shoes at the end of the day because that is when your feet tend to be at their largest.
  4. Check the toe box. Make sure there is ample room for toes to wiggle in the shoe. Avid runners whose shoes cramp the toes are more likely to end up with ingrown or bruised nails. In addition, the area that houses the ball of your foot should be somewhat flexible to allow for the natural movement of your foot when you land each step.
  5. Look for midsole cushioning and arch support. Appropriate shock absorption and cushioning in the center of the shoe can help ease the strain on your heels and ankles and help prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
  6. Take your time. Try on both shoes and spend ample time walking and even running in the store before you finalize your purchase. There should be no rubbing, tightness or discomfort from the moment you leave the store.

If you have specific questions about the right kind of running shoe for your feet or find that you are in pain after running, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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