How to Choose the Right Running Shoes for Your Feet

Running is great for the mind and body. All you need is shoes that fit properly.

Among the greatest benefits of running is the minimal equipment needed. Armed with properly-fitted running shoes, you’re good to go. However, fit is unique to each person’s foot and key for both comfort and injury prevention.

Forget about making decisions based on fashion trends and labels. Instead, focus on the unique shape of your feet. Pick a pair that supports you effectively to minimize your risk of falls and other injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis.

Nationally recognized foot and ankle surgeon Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS, who specializes in sports medicine, offers the following pointers.

Road rules

First, the basics:

Shape matters

The best way to identify the shape of your foot is to look at your feet, or examine a footprint on a soft or dampened surface. Dr. Gentile can also provide an assessment and specific shoe recommendations.

The right fit

Fit is essential. Often, that means you need a different size running shoe than street shoe.

Regularly replace your shoes

The functionality of your running shoes can be worn out before there are visible signs. A good rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 350 to 500 miles. If the side of your heels become worn down, your gait will be affected, which can cause leg or back pain.

For a personal assessment of your foot shape and gait and shoe recommendations, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gentile at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute.

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