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Finding the Right Running Shoes

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Running shoesThose of us living in Richardson, TX are fortunate to have many fantastic resources at our disposal, including the over 40 miles of trails and walkways to stay active and healthy. Our city’s Parks & Recreation Department does an outstanding job of maintaining the trails and giving us options for fun, fitness, and relaxation.

Whether you are an avid runner or you simply like to take a walk to clear your mind after a stressful day, you may have trouble deciding which of the many trails to use. In a similar manner, you have many choices when it comes to your footwear, like motion control, cushioning, stability, and minimalist models. Given all the options, it can be difficult to know how to find the right running shoes for you, but we can help!

There are three main considerations when it comes to finding the right running shoes:

  • Fit. We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing properly-fitting shoes. Running in footwear that is either too tight or too loose can both present problems. When shoes are too tight, you run the risk (pardon the pun) of developing ingrown or black toenails. Black toenails develop in response to hitting it against the front of a tight shoe. The physical trauma leads to bruising or even blood pooling (subungual hematoma) under toenails. Conversely, shoes that are too loose can cause blisters and callusing.
  • Pronation pattern. Pronation is a biomechanical process the foot undergoes with every step. This is a natural, inward rolling motion used by the feet to help distribute the physical forces. A moderate, “normal” pronation pattern is roughly a fifteen percent inward roll. Some individuals, overpronate, whereas others supinate (under pronate). Your pronation pattern should affect the types of running shoes you buy. Be sure to buy your shoes at a store specializing in running footwear to get professional assistance, or come see us for help.
  • Structure. All shoes should provide enough cushioning and arch support, but these are especially important features when it comes to running footwear. Pick out solidly-constructed, durable models that will cushion and support your lower limbs while you run on our City of Richardson trails!

If you need further assistance with identifying the right types of running shoes for your feet and unique gait pattern, we are glad to help. Contact our professionals here at Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or take advantage of our online form to schedule your appointment with our Richardson, TX office today.

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