How do I know what running shoe is the best for me?

How many times have you been completely overwhelmed with thousands of different running shoes on the market right now?  Even for a podiatrist, it’s completely overwhelming to learn the  most up to date information on running shoe styles. 

One thing is for sure, there is no way I can tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly of every running shoe on the market.  BUT, I can give information about what the different general types of running shoes are available and help you make a knowledgable decision about which one is fit for your foot.

There are three main types of running shoes: (1) over-pronators, (2) stabilizers, and (3) cushioning.  Here are the differences:

(1) over pronator running shoes are made for runners that turn the foot outward too much when running or walking.  Pronation is simply allowing the arch to touch the ground and in turn causing the foot to rotate out.  IMPORTANT POINT:  This is a normal part of the way you run!  However, when a runner tends to keep the foot in a pronated position too long during running, then he or she can be described as an over-pronator.  Over pronator shoes are built up slightly on the inside of the shoe to prevent the runner from over-pronating.

(2) Stabilizers are for a neutral to mild over-pronator foot type.  They provide stability and support for a normal foot.  Sometimes they can provide some extra cushioning in the heel or more stability in the insole, but overall, they are built for a runner that doesn’t have any foot or lower extremity abnormalities.

(3) Cushioning running shoes are for runners that have more difficulty absorbing shock.  These runners tend to have higher arches which does not allow the arch to touch the ground during running to absorb shock.  This type of running shoe provides extra cushioning along the entire insole to absorb the shock that your high arch is unable to do.

So out of the thousands of running shoes availalbe, 9 times out of 10 they fall into one of these 3 categories.  So if you’re unsure what shoe is right for you and you don’t want to go through multiple shoes before finding the “right” one, then call Advanced Podiatry and let us thoroughly evaluate your foot and the way you walk/run.  Talk to professional feet people about your foot or ankle problems and what shoe is appropriate for you!