Sunday, April 1, 2012

How to Pick Out Running Sneakers

If you're a runner, you know how important it is to pick out the sneaker that fits you the best. Not only will you spend a lot of time in them, they will help you run strong.
"When you have the right sneaker, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other issues can be avoided," says Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, DPM.
When going shopping for the best sneaker, consider the shape of your feet. Different sneakers are better for different types of feet. The three main foot types are flat, neutral, and high arches. If you have flat feet, you tend to have fallen arches, making them flexible and prone to overpronation, an inward rolling motion. The best type of foot to have are those that are in the middle, neutral feet, the most biomechanically sound. High arched feet are the opposite of flat feet. The arches are defined and the feet are rigid, which leads to supination, or being on the edges of the feet. 
Sneaker companies have developed models to fit runners of all foot types and strides. When selecting sneakers, fit your foot type with the right shoe category. Flat footed runners will need a higher stability shoe, as they help you from overpronating. Neutral runners can run in many different types of sneakers, but will need a moderate stability shoe. High arched runners should look for a cushioned shoe with midsole padding providing flexibility. 
Make sure you try on several pairs. Remember that you will need to go up a half size from your street shoes, allowing for wiggle room in the toebox. The heel should be snug and secure so that you avoid unnecessary slipping. 
You will know when you've found the best sneaker for you. Your shoe should act as a part of your foot, working with your foot shape and biomechanics. 
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Newington, Kensington, and Middletown, CT
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