If you're a runner, the right running shoe matters! It's NOT about the look or the brand. It's about the type of foot you have and how they fit.
Wearing properly fitting running shoes that are designed for your foot type can help to prevent and alleviate many overuse conditions that are seen in runners and active populations. These include:
When running, the foot has 2 jobs.
Your foot’s structure determines how well it can do both things. Different foot types require different types of shoes.
Most people’s feet can be classified into one of 3 major groups.
Shoe construction also falls into three major categories which match up to the three foot types.
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Don't choose running shoes based on:
Choosing running shoes based on these factors can lead to being unsatisfied with the purchase and injury.
Orthotics can be used in running shoes if needed. Most of the time, orthotic inserts are use with pes planus or flat feet. The orthotics can help support the foot and limit the extra motion with running.
Custom orthotics are typically better off the shelf orthotics because they can be designed for the runner's specific needs.
Other considerations for orthotics may include metatarsal pads with running to help with metatarsalgia.
When choosing your next pair of shoes, before you consider color, brand, or price--consider the shoe type. In order to prevent injury and to get the most out of your shoes, make sure that your foot type matches up with the type of shoes that you buy.
For specifics on what type of construction a particular model of shoe is can be found at a reputable shoe retailer or from resources from the manufacturer.
Your physical therapist will also be able to direct you to the appropriate shoe choice based on your foot type and/or injury.
If you have an injury or need to figure our the correct running shoe for you, the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute can help. JOI is Northeast Florida's largest and most respected sports medicine provider. To see a JOI Sports Medicine or Orthopedic Doctor, call (904)JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below. To see a JOI Rehab Physical Therapist in 1 of our 12 locations, call (904)858-7045.