Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
June 18, 2018
Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States and throughout the world. According to Statista.com, more than 64 million Americans went running or jogging in 2016. That’s a whole lot of runners! Even more incredible is that on average there are over 30 thousand organized, competitive running events that occur in the United States every year. That number includes 5Ks, 8ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons and even ultra running long distance events.
As every Frisco runner knows, you need good shoes, good form, and sometimes cross-training in order to reach your running distance goal. Not only are these important factors for helping you keep your eye on the prize, but they’re also important for preventing injuries and staying healthy, so you don’t get left on the sidelines. But, did you know that a sports foot doctor like Dr. Verville can also help you prevent foot and ankle injuries? Read on to learn more.
Finding the Right Shoe for Your Feet
Frisco runners know that they need appropriate shoes in order to train for running events, and meet their distance goals. But, while you know you need a good shoe, you might not know exactly what type of shoe that is? That’s where sports foot doctor Dr. Verville comes in. Every person’s foot is different, and the amount of foot and ankle support you’re going to need will most likely differ from that of your running buddy. Dr. Verville can perform a professional podiatrist examination of your feet and help you best determine what type of shoe support you need to meet your running goals. And, as a sports foot doctor, she can even recommend the running shoe stores in town that you should visit.
Selecting Shoe Inserts
Most running shoes are just the starting point for a Frisco runner. In addition to the built-in support of a particular running shoe recommended by your sports foot doctor Dr. Verville, you may also need additional support to help best protect you from running injuries. That’s where running shoe inserts come in. These inserts, which vary in their degree of support, may often be purchased at running shoe stores or at pharmacies, too.
Prescribing Custom Orthotics
Depending on your unique foot and ankle anatomy, as well as any running or other sports injuries you may have experienced in the past, your sports foot doctor may recommend that you only run while wearing prescribed, custom orthotics. Meant to give you the ultimate level of support and mobility, these orthotics can help you go the distance while also preventing future running injuries.
Scheduling an Appointment with Dr. Verville
Avid runners should always have a good sports foot doctor on their list of healthcare providers, and Dr. Verville is the best you can find in town! To schedule an appointment with her to consult about your feet and ankles and how to best protect them given your unique running goals, conatct her office in Frisco at (214) 385-8822.