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Guide to Buying Running Shoes

Running Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

If you have decided to take up running or jogging in this beautiful weather than you are not alone. Running is one of those sports where you do not need a lot of equipment. The thing to remember is that you need to have a good fitting pair of running shoes.

When walking into a running store one quickly learns that there are a lot of brands. If you are new to running do not let all the different brands confuse you. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking for a good pair of running shoes.

To keep your feet and legs injury free, you will have to have happy feet. When entering a running store, you need to remember that the shoes have to fit perfect from the heel to toe. Your heel should fit snug but not too tight. Lace up the shoe but do not tie it. Once the shoe is laced up and not tied you should be able to slide your foot out of the shoe.

The running shoe’s upper should hug your instep. If you are feeling areas that are too tight or pinching then the shoe does not fit well. If you are having pain while trying them on, just think how much more pain you would have after running with them for about a mile?

Your foot should be able to move from side to side in the forefoot area of the shoe. Next, you should make sure that you can grasp a ¼ inch of the upper materials down the widest part of the foot. Remember that feet lengthen and swell over the duration of your run. You always want to make sure there is about an inch of extra room between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. A friend or the person doing the fitting can check the width while you are standing up with the shoe laced.

How does the arch feel? If the arch feels like it is slightly supported than these shoes should be good. The pros suggest the shoes for a short run. A run can be in the store, a treadmill or the hallway of a mall.

5 Things not to do When Looking for Running Shoes

  1. Never buy running shoes because they are “cute”. It is important that they fit well.
  2. Buying shoes that are too small can lead to a number of things including black toenails and blisters.
  3. Never buy your running shoes in the morning. Your feet begin to swell as soon as you get up in the morning. Always purchase running shoes in the late afternoon or early evening.
  4. Do not guess at the size of your foot. When looking to purchase running shoes have your feet measured by a professional.
  5. Never buy walking shoes, tennis shoes, basketball sneakers in place of running shoes. Wearing other types of shoes can cause injury.

Running and jogging are quite enjoyable. If you have been jogging and had pain that will not go away contact Quality Foot Care and make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Lefkowitz.

Athlete’s Foot: Christiano Ronaldo Has it, and You May Too

Famous soccer player Christiano Ronaldo is rumored to be affected by athlete’s foot.

By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

#Athletesfoot is a rash that develops on the skin of the foot due to a fungal infection in the top layer of skin. Most people recognize it as dry, peeling skin on the underside of the feet and around the toes, but there are actually three different types of fungus that can occur in different regions and cause different symptoms. Dry and cracking skin (especially in warm, wet places such as in between the toes), blisters, and thickening of the skin and toenails are all recognized symptoms of some form of athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is easily spread, especially in places such as a karate dojo or locker room where you are likely to be walking barefoot. You can even contract athlete’s foot by briefly touching your foot to the foot of someone who has it. The fungi can then begin to grow in your shoes, especially if they are tight and air cannot move around inside. If your feet touch something with athlete’s foot fungi on it but you do not become infected, you can still spread it to other people. For reasons unknown, some people are more prone to infection than others, and those who have already had athlete’s foot are more likely to develop it upon contact with the fungus.

Most of the time, athlete’s foot can be treated by a combination of over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and sprays and good hygiene. Wearing sandals and shoes with a lot of ventilation can speed up the disappearance of the fungus, which can take several weeks. In more severe cases, the attention of a podiatrist may be necessary. To learn more ways to prevent athlete’s foot or to begin a treatment routine, visit Quality Foot Care located in Doylestown. Call 215-230-9707 to set up an appointment this spring.