Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Various Types of Running Shoes and Surfaces

It can be a daunting task to choose the right running shoe. There are variables involved, such as what type of running is preferred, in addition to what surfaces are run on. It is helpful for runners to know their individual needs prior to running, which will be beneficial in choosing the right running shoe. One of the first things to look for is comfort. There should be no question about how comfortably they fit, and a breaking-in period should not be needed. There are many styles of running, ranging from fast sprints to slow and steady runs, in addition to running every day or once per week. Other factors to consider can include understanding that high-cushioned shoes are worn to absorb shock, and are often made with heavier materials. This may not be the shoe of choice if sprinting is the running style. The terrain can dictate what type of running shoes to purchase. Trail running shoes generally have more flexibility to accommodate various surfaces. There are many useful tips that can help you to choose the right shoes, and it is advised that you ask a chiropodist who can guide you in making the right choice.

The right running shoes can sometimes be difficult to find. With so many options on the market, it’s important to know the unique needs of your feet prior to buying running shoes. If you require assistance, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When looking for running shoes, take into consideration:

  • The type of running you will be doing

  • The terrain you plan to run on

  • Your gait or running pattern

  • Your arch type 

  • Other unique foot needs

A chiropodist can help by examining your feet and your gait to determine what types of shoes may be best for you. Some runners may require motion control shoes, which prevent your foot from rolling too far inward while you run. Others may need stability shoes, which offer more balance, cushioning, and support. When shopping for shoes, make sure that they are the right size, fit comfortably, and are made of breathable materials. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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