Ask anyone with foot problems and they’ll tell you how important it is to wear proper, supportive footwear.
That’s why, if you are planning on starting a running regime, you have to have the right running shoes that will fit and support you properly to avoid having pain during and after your runs.
Proper running shoes should be bought at a store where they carry a variety of shoes for all types of feet and disciplines. Staff should be highly trained in order to provide recommendations on your shoe options.
First, you have to know your feet. Are you flat-footed, high or average-arched? What type of feet you have will help determine the best make and brand of running shoe for you.
If you have flat feet, you’ll need to look for shoes that provides motion and stability control to keep your feet from rolling inwards while running. You may also need orthotic inserts as well for the ultimate safety and comfort while running.
If you have high-arched feet, your feet will tend to roll outwards while running, so you’ll need shoes that are cushioned and flexible. This is not just to maintain correct positioning but it will help support the arch of your foot so it doesn’t collapse.
Average-sized-arched feet are the easiest type of foot to fit, however, it doesn’t mean you don’t need shoes with proper support to avoid pain and foot problems in the future.
These are some suggestions, but remember, if you are experiencing lower body pain (foot, shins, knees, etc) while running or otherwise, make an appointment to see a podiatrist so they can identify and correct any issues you may have.