Choosing Running ShoesA New Approach Based On Comfort


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When in the specialist running store

With the assistance of the store assistant you should try out multiple pairs of shoes (around 3-5), and make use of the in-store treadmill to ascertain the degree of comfort in the shoes. The general advice would be go up one size from your normal shoe size, except for shoes with minimal cushioning which can be the same size or half a size up.

    When in the specialist running store

    With the assistance of the store assistant you should try out multiple pairs of shoes (around 3-5), and make use of the in-store treadmill to ascertain the degree of comfort in the shoes. The general advice would be go up one size from your normal shoe size, except for shoes with minimal cushioning which can be the same size or half a size up.

    Neutral shoes are suited to the majority of runners

    Research suggests that around 70 percent of runners are best suited to a neutral shoe with average levels of cushioning. Most runners don’t need heavy shoes designed to support those with gait issues like severe over pronation, unless they have been told by a professional that they need lots of shoe support. While pronation control can assist those with specific injuries, for the large majority choosing a shoe that feels comfortable is a better guide on how suitable a shoe is.

    Running shoes and injury

    Naturally a running shoe doesn’t guarantee injury-free running, as there are lot other factors at play. For some injured runners, a shoe recommendation can lead to the injury clearing up, while others could be given the same advice and yet their injury continues. Equally a training shoe that is suitable for short distances may not work as well for longer distances or over different terrains.

    The key when using a new pair of running shoes is not to run too far too soon. Particularly if you go for a different type of shoe, then it is vital to give your body time to adjust to a new style of running shoes. Even switching between your new and old trainers can be useful as this exposes the body to slightly different forces, potentially reducing the chances of repetitive injuries.

    1. Injury risk is the same – If your running gait is constantly causing you injuries, it needs to be corrected by working on your technique – there is no research to suggest that a particular style of shoe is suitable for a particular gait. In fact injury rates among runners are as high now as they were years ago.

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