Picking the right running shoes

Picking the right running shoes

Now that the weather is improving, it’s time to start taking our exercise routines outside, whether it be running, walking, or playing sports. No matter what our choice of exercise, it is essential to have good support on our feet. The function of a running shoe is to protect the foot from the impact of movements, while also permitting the body to reach its maximum potential.

Pick the shoe that is right for you

Some people have low arches and are called pronators. These people require a shoe with more stability. Other people have high arches and are called supinators. These people require a shoe with more cushioning.

Some people may even require orthotic inserts inside their shoe to help prevent pain and maximize their potential. A chiropractor is trained to assess your feet and can help provide information on what you should look for in a shoe to suit your specific needs and biomechanics.

Tips for shopping for shoes

  • Shop in the afternoon or evening, as your feet tend to accumulate fluid and swell throughout the day. What may have been comfortable earlier could now become tight.
  • Not all shoes are created equally. The same shoe sizes can have different fits depending on the maker. Make sure to try several sizes to find the most comfortable shoe.
  • Avoid buying shoes that you feel need a break-in period. Shoes should be comfortable from the first time you put them on.
  • Select a running shoe store with knowledgeable staff who can provide advice on the shoe that best suits your activity, body structure and type of foot.
  • Running shoes are an investment in your health. Better quality shoes may cost more but will pay off in terms of support and sturdiness. A mid-priced shoe may offer the best value.
  • Most importantly, your running shoes must be comfortable – go for a short jog inside the store to test them out!
  • To prevent injury, don’t forget to replace your runners every 400 to 600 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

Chiropractors can help you prevent running-related problems by assessing your gait and the mobility of the joints in your feet, legs, pelvis, and spine. If you suffer stress and strain from running, a chiropractor can also provide treatment for your pain and  assess and cast you for custom orthotics.