Are you sick of painful blisters, bunions, corns, black toenails and other bothersome running ailments? If you love to run, but you hate the way your feet feel afterward, it might be time to think about getting some new training shoes. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine offers five suggestions to help you get the shoe you need for training you can love.
1. Do Your Research
First, gather information. One of the best ways to learn about running shoes is to go to a reputable running-shoe store. Knowledgeable sales associates can help you find the perfect shoe for your training type. Factors they might take into account include:
- Your past experience with shoes
- Any current problems you may be experiencing
- Your biomechanical needs
- Local environmental factors
- Running and racing requirements
It’s also not a bad idea to do some research on your own. Search the internet, ask your running pals, talk to your doctor and maybe even go to the library!
2. Check Out Your Old Shoes
A great way to learn about your shoe needs is to go straight to the source—your old shoes! First, examine the soles of your shoes. Make note of where the most significant wear has occurred. Many times, this can tell you whether you heel strike, sport a high arch, have a pronated foot and more. With that information, you can tie your ailment to a specific problem, making it easier to find a shoe personalized to your training needs.
3. Try on Different Shoes
Next, go to a running store with a good reputation and try on lots of running shoes. Make sure to put on both the right and left shoe and keep them on for about 10 minutes to make sure they remain comfortable. Most good stores will allow you to run up and down the block a few times to experience what a running shoe will feel like. As you run, make sure nothing pinches and that you like the feel of the shoe and your stride.
4. Break in Your New Shoes
Once you have purchased a new and comfortable shoe, don’t put them to the test with a 12-mile run. Start out with an easy 3 and work your way up.
5. Stock Up
Finally, when you find the shoe you love, buy several pairs. Oftentimes, manufacturers make unannounced changes to running shoes, varying from a subtle change in cushioning to major structural midsole changes. Manufacturers have also been known to discontinue a model then resume production a few years later with shoes boasting the same name but completely different features. Just to be safe, it’s a good idea to stock up on your favorites.
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