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Finding Comfortable Running ShoesShoe companies pour millions of dollars into designing new, innovative styles of footwear each year to help runners improve their performances and avoid injuries. However, many sports medicine experts are starting to think that a shoe’s comfort, not its design, is the most important factor in preventing running injuries.

Bryan Heiderscheit, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, claims that there’s little substantial evidence to suggest that the way a pair of shoes affect the biomechanics of the wearer has any effect on that wearer’s likelihood of getting hurt. Instead, he and many other researchers advise runners to simply go with footwear that feels natural and causes the least amount of discomfort.

When choosing a pair of running shoes, it’s up to you to decide what features are most important to you. For help finding an appropriate pair of running footwear, ask podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will explain how different styles affect the feet and assist you in making an informed decision.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Although it seems simple, running is in fact a complex movement that places stress on the joints, bones, and ligaments of the body. To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes is centered around pronation, which is the rolling of the ankle from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. Runners who supinate require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

To learn about your foot type, visit a local shop that specializes in running shoes. Professionals will be able to measure your stride, gait, and arch type and inform you of your footwear needs.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.



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