Runner’s Guide to Shoe Shopping and Care

When selecting and maintaining running shoes, it is important to recognize one’s strengths, weaknesses, and style as a runner. Emily Carano, global product line manager of Athletic and Racing for shoe company Saucony, has shared a runner’s guide to shoe purchasing and care. The first step in selection is understanding well the type of runner one really is and considering one’s everyday needs. Prioritizing the fit of a shoe over the price is also important. Shoes should also be kept dry and cool, as the heat can cause any plastic elements to lose shape.  

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 go 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 contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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