Could your running shoe be running you into trouble?
Believe it or not, many of us are not wearing proper athletic shoes when we engage in cardio activities. The biggest mistake a lot of us make is wearing shoes that are either too small or that are designed for a foot type other than our own. Many of us start a running or walking routine with improper shoes that can lead to developing plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis. Here are simple ways to make sure you're staying on track toward a healthy fitness routine:
1) Always buy shoes at the end of the day.
-Your feet will be at their largest and fullest size.
2) Make sure you are wearing a shoe with the correct support.
-Does your foot type need more motion control (if you pronate), more stability, or more cushion?
-Your podiatrist can help you determine the proper shoe type for your foot.
3) Try on the shoes you will be purchasing with the socks you will be running with.
-Trying on shoes with nylon socks will cause most of us to purchase our shoes too small or too tight.
4) Always buy the shoe slightly larger than your dress shoe size.
5) Change shoes every 400-500 miles.
-Shoes that are too worn out will no longer be functioning properly to provide your foot with the support it needs.
6) Make sure your shoes actually fit!
-Measure if there is enough space at the tip of the shoe by using a thumb width at the end of your longest toe.
-Make sure you are accounting for a wide toebox (for a bunion) or a long toebox (for longer toes)
-Make sure that your shoe bends right where your toes start and bend. If the shoe bends more towards the middle of your foot (closer to heel than your toes), your shoe's arch may not align with your foot's natural arch
7) Measure your feet regularly
-Believe it or not but your feet size can change due to weight gain, pregnancy, activity, and age