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Matching Your Footwear to Your Run

Choosing the right running shoes is vital for optimizing performance and preventing foot injuries from different types of running. For long-distance running, prioritizing cushioning and support is key to absorbing impact and maintaining comfort over extended periods. Look for shoes with ample cushioning in the midsole and a supportive heel counter to minimize fatigue and strain. For trail running, opt for trail running shoes with durable outsoles and enhanced traction to navigate rugged terrain confidently. These shoes often feature protective elements like rock plates to shield your feet from uneven surfaces and debris. For speedwork and races, lightweight and responsive running shoes are ideal to maximize agility and propulsion. Seek out styles with minimal cushioning and a responsive midsole for a more efficient stride. By matching your footwear to the specific demands of your run, you can enhance your performance and enjoyment while minimizing the risk of discomfort or injury. If you have endured a foot injury from running, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat foot pain, and guide you toward choosing the correct running shoes.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

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 revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls 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 going 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. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, Oneonta, and Munford, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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