When most people buy a new pair of running shoes, their choice is primarily based on colors and looks of the shoe. However, when it comes to choosing the right shoes, you never want to compromise your safety for style.

Choosing the Right Shoes

Common problems with shoes are that they are too tight, too loose or just don’t have the right support. Many of those problems can lead to unwanted stress on bones and muscles, especially during more strenuous runs. Most injuries related to the feet, ankles, lower leg, hip and spine can be prevented with the help from correct running shoes.

Get to Know Your Foot

Is your foot curved or straight? Is it flat or arched? Are some toes longer than others? The right pair of shoes perfectly hugs every length and curve of your foot. Blisters can start to form when your shoes are too tight, so having a snug fit when you try them on, isn’t always the best thing.

Allowing up half-inch of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe can prevent a lot of friction that causes damage to your feet.

What Are You Using the Shoes For?

Where do you run? Track? Treadmill? Pavement? Grass? How long are you running for? Three miles or 20? Questions like these should always be taken into consideration when selecting a new pair of shoes.

When it comes to shoes, not all running shoes are created equal, especially when you take a look a what type of terrain you’re running on and how long you’re running for. Shoes that are made heavier tend to have better support and shock absorption, making it better for long distance running. Shoes that are made more lightweight will offer less support, but work better for short distance and sprint style running.

Wait Until the End of the Day to Shop

Throughout the day, your feet will swell up to 8 percent of their original size. Trying shoes on at the end of the day will help ensure better comfort and fit. If the shoe fits comfortably at the end of the day, then it will be good for a full day’s wear.

Forget the Idea That Shoes Need to Be “Broken In”

If shoes need to be broken in for them to feel comfortable, then they are not the correct pair of shoes. When a pair of shoes needs to be broken in, it can result in damage to your feet. Find shoes that feel broken in when you try them on in the store.

Always Try Them On

As most people know, shoes sizes can vary from brand to brand. Always try shoes for both feet on and walk around in them for a minute or so. Try to wear socks similar to the ones you run with to ensure a consistent fit.

If you have any questions or concerns when choosing running shoes our Foot & Ankle physicians are here to help! To schedule an appointment call 772-288-2400 or click here to request an appointment.