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
- Never buy running shoes because they are “cute”. It is important that they fit well.
- Buying shoes that are too small can lead to a number of things including black toenails and blisters.
- 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.
- Do not guess at the size of your foot. When looking to purchase running shoes have your feet measured by a professional.
- 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.