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Choosing the Right Pair of Running Shoes

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If you’re starting out running, it helps to set a goal race to keep you motivated. The Orange County MissionsRace April 23rd in Laguna Hills could be a good 5K to attempt, and then you can set your sights on improving for a race several months down the road. Either way, you’ll want the right running shoes before you begin any running whatsoever! What do you look for? 

The odds are good that you’ll be spending quite a bit of time in your running shoes, so you want to find a pair that fits the needs of your feet as best as possible. Shoes that improperly distribute the forces of your feet against the trail or pavement can lead to sports injuries such as plantar fasciitis and shin splints.

Determining the way your feet hit the ground when you run is a big first step in the selection process. A good way of doing so is checking the wear patterns on an old pair of well-worn shoes. Most sports store associates are well-trained at reading wear patterns or using other means of determining your foot structure.

Once your pronation or supination (both ways your foot roll when hitting the ground) is determined, the appropriate running shoes can be found to provide the foundation and support you need. Companies make shoes to cater to a broad range of foot structures. Those with flat feet (overpronation) tend to need a shoe with higher stability. High arches usually require greater cushioning and flexibility.

Be sure to try several pairs to find the best fit. Make sure there is wiggle room in the toe box (the area in the front) and a secure grip against the heel. A half-size larger than your standard everyday shoes is often the norm as well, since feet tend to expand during activity. Ultimately, you’re the final word in what feels right for you.

For help determining the best shoes for your foot structure, the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can help. We can analyze your gait and even provide further help and pain relief through custom inserts and orthotics. Our two area offices are here for you. Call us toll-free at (800) 370-0393 or contact us directly: (949) 833-3406 .
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