Happy 2023! At the beginning of a new year, many people set goals to embark on a new fitness journey. One of the easiest to start is running, because you can get started with just a little motivation and a good pair of running shoes! We want to emphasize a good pair, because having the right footwear is crucial for supporting your feet properly and preventing injuries like sprains, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis. When you’re shopping for running shoes, avoid these mistakes.
- Not knowing your foot type - Your foot shape should dictate what kind of shoes you get. If you have flat feet or high arches, you need extra support in the arch area. If you have wide feet, you want to make sure that your shoes provide enough room. Understanding your own feet can help you choose the best footwear for your feet!
- Not matching your shoes with your activity - While they may look similar, athletic shoes vary in support, traction, flexibility, and cushioning depending on the activity they are designed for. That is why you want to look for shoes made specifically for running, since they will provide your feet with the appropriate shock absorption and stability you need, compared to a shoe that is designed for the quick, lateral movements of tennis or the high impact jumping of basketball.
- Not trying on the shoes - We understand the convenience of quick online shopping, but even if you think you know your size, every brand has different sizing, so it’s important to try on every pair of footwear you get. Your feet may also be different sizes, so always try on both shoes and size for your bigger foot.
- Not shopping in the afternoon - Did you know that your foot size changes throughout the day? Your feet tend to swell in the afternoon, so it is the best time to try on and shop for shoes to ensure they are not too tight.
- Not leaving space for custom orthotics - Using custom orthotics are a simple yet powerful way to enhance your foot function and comfort. They can be especially helpful in supporting your feet during the repetitive motions from running. If you have custom orthotics or plan to use them, it is important to choose footwear that can accommodate these insoles.
Need more tips?
If you are committed to running successfully, it is important to first ensure that your feet are in tip top shape! Seeing a podiatrist who is experienced in supporting athletes before starting a new routine can help prevent common injuries like ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and heel pain. Our board-certified podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care are committed to providing stellar foot and ankle care and have been helping athletes of all levels improve their foot health so they can achieve their goals. Have questions about footwear or custom orthotics? Need treatment for a sports injury? Contact any of our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, or LaGrange, KY to schedule an appointment!