New Delhi, January 25-When you go to buy a pair of running shoes, what features are you looking for your shoes? How do you determine comfort when it comes to durability, your feet size and endurance against any injury. All these factors are important when it comes to running.
When you run, you build trust with the pair of shoes you are wearing. Hence you must choose your running shoes very carefully or you are at a great risk of discomfort and pain.
Wrong choices of shoes can bring you injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, irritated nerves or the loss of a toenail, warned Dr. Christina Rowe-Bauer, a podiatrist with Penn State Health Sports Medicine.
You must see a doctor to learn about your general health, foot type and running style, especially if you’re new to running or an experienced runner with foot or leg pain,
“Bring old athletic shoes; the wear patterns can give the doctor clues about things like foot overpronation (rolling inward) or supination (rolling outward),” Rowe-Bauer said in a Penn State news release. “Be honest about any pain experienced during or after running.”
So, what factors you should consider when it comes time to buy shoes? They are mainly three-foot type, running style and terrain.
Are your feet high-arched, flat or neutral? What is your running style? Some runners strike the ground first with the heel and roll through to push off the toes to their next stride, while others strike first with the forefoot and push immediately into the next stride.
And, finally, what type of surface are you running on? Shoe tread and cushioning should be appropriate for the surface, whether it’s treadmills, asphalt or dirt trails, Rowe-Bauer said.
You must select shoes with a wide toe box so that your toes aren’t constricted during running, she added.