Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
October 1, 2014
Wearing the right running shoe can take you far…literally!
No matter your level of running (be it casual jogs or 5K competitions), what you wear on your feet matters. So as you shop for the best type of footwear, remember that there’s more to consider than the brand and color scheme. It is essential that you consider your particular foot type: low arch, normal arch, and high arch. Neglecting to do so could cause injury, impede your performance, and easily cause you to feel frustrated before your body is even warmed up.
This helpful guide from The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) can help you get started:
Running and walking adds extra pressure on a person’s feet as it is, so the last thing you should do before you head outdoors (or to your treadmill) is cram your feet into tight-fitting, stiff, and uncomfortable shoes. According to The APMA, “Sport-specific shoes can really affect the way you play. Make sure to have your feet professionally measured by today’s podiatrist to find a correctly sized shoe.”
Whenever it comes to a physical activity, such as running, keep safety in mind. Unfortunately, too many people don’t do this and end up with foot problems as a result. WebMD.com provides a good list and explanation about some of the most common running injuries: “10 Common Running Injuries: Prevention and Treatment.”
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