3 Categories of Running Shoes

People who enjoy running learn that they can benefit from wearing the right type of running shoes. Experts have shown there are three categories of running shoes, and it is important to choose the pair that best describes the preferred running style. Shoes that are supportive and controlling are worn to reduce excessive pronation, which is described as the feet rolling inward while running. These types of shoes are constructed with stronger materials on the inside of the heel. This design may help keep the heels stable. Stability and cushioned shoes are less heavy than controlling shoes and are considered to be the most popular type of running shoe. The lightest running shoes are referred to as cushioned and neutral trainers, and people who enjoy fast running may opt to choose this type of shoe. If you would like more information about what type of running shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can address any questions you may have.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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