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Proper Shoes Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

The importance of wearing running shoes that fit properly and support the feet cannot be underestimated. Proper running shoes can protect the feet from injury, as well as other body parts such as the knees and legs. Experts suggest that while shopping for the right running shoe you keep in mind support, cushioning, and protection. First, the shoe should fit your specific foot type, taking into consideration arch problems or gait issues such as overpronation. Second, regarding proper cushioning, it is imperative that the way you run be taken into consideration. If you are a heel striker, then extra cushioning at the heel will be needed. It is also important to recognize the type of surface you will be running on because that will determine how much cushioning works best. Finally, to best protect your feet, having a medical assessment of your feet is a good idea before buying a pair of shoes. Gait, foot type, arch issues, running patterns, and previous injuries will be taken into account. For help in choosing the right running shoe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Gary Cockrell, DPM from Tennessee. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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