With spring finally in full bloom, most of us are probably ready and eager to get back outside in the sun. For some, that includes starting up old running routines and visiting their favorite trail or track again. Having the right pair of sneakers can make or break your experience. Injuries and pain are common, especially if you aren’t paying attention to your footwear. Luckily, we’ve listed out some tips and tricks for buying the perfect running shoes! Use this as a guide for your next shoe-shopping trip.
- We know it can be difficult choosing a pair of sneakers with how many variations and styles there are these days. The best starting point is to avoid everything other than running shoes. Every day or fashion sneakers may look similar and be more stylish, but there’s a big difference in the makeup. Running shoes are made with special technology, like shock absorption and arch support, to help make your run more comfortable and injury-free.
- Do you wear custom orthotics? Need more gait support? Have a foot condition or recurring injury that influences your shoe purchases? Prefer a certain style or thickness of sock for your run? Keep this in mind when you shop!
- Consider the specifics of your daily run. Where do you like to exercise? Your paved neighborhood streets? The high school track? A grass-covered nature trail? The ground you run on can make a difference in what sneakers you should be getting. Shoe companies now consider this, too, and likely have styles for road, trail, and cross-training sneakers.
- Remember that running shoes don’t last long, especially if you’re a daily runner. On average, sneakers last 450 miles (that’s 4-5 months of everyday use) before the mid and outsoles wear out and it’s time to toss them.
- Try on a few different pairs, sizes, styles, and brands before deciding on your final choice. If your last pair of sneakers from one specific brand gave you shin splints, maybe choose from a different company this time.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.
If you’ve been running this summer, then you know the injuries that may come your way. For a runner, these injuries can be discouraging. Depending on the severity of the condition, you can be off the treadmill, road, or track for longer than you’d like. We’re here to help you stay the course this summer. There are things you can do today to protect your feet and ankles. It’s not too late.
The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates know the common problems that can face patients. Even better, they also have prevention tips and treatment options. Of course, we always start with your shoes. Make sure you are training with the proper shoes.
Here are some helpful tips for common injuries:
It only takes a twist or a wrong turn for an ankle sprain to become your new reality. This injury is often ignored and undiagnosed. When your ankle moves unnaturally, watch for symptoms like swelling or pain. Ignoring the symptoms can lead to prolonged problems.
Prevention: Choose shoes with ankle support
Treatment: Rest, use ice, apply compression, and elevate your leg; then, contact a podiatrist
Plantar fasciitis is a form of heel pain. It occurs when we overload our plantar fascia, which also provides arch support. This is a condition that is telling you to let your body rest. Many people will notice pain first thing in the morning.
Prevention: Stretch and slowly increase your intensity
Treatment: More arch support, orthotics, ice, and rest
We have another overuse injury here, so runners beware. A burst of intensity or sudden pressure can be the cause. For runners, this means sprinting or continued running or training. We know that many runners encounter these scenarios, but there are ways to stay safe.
Prevention: Stretch and take training slowly
Treatment: Rest, begin physical therapy, or consider surgery (only if necessary)
We don’t want your training to take a different turn this season. Take these steps now to protect your feet and ankles.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Are you a runner? You’re choosing an excellent way to get moving and help not only your foot health but also your overall health. Unfortunately, there are risks for injuries. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are here to treat patients and also help them prevent unplanned visits.
Select the right shoes
We can’t say this enough, but proper shoe selection is the foundation for healthy and happy feet. The same goes for your running shoes. Spend time researching different brands, talk with other runners, and ask your podiatrist. The wrong pair of shoes can lack the support you need and increase your risk for a sports injury.
Stretch before you move
Whether you’re taking a quick neighborhood jog or preparing for a half-marathon, stretching is a requirement. Stretching is another effective way to prepare your body for running. It helps with flexibility and also strengthens muscles.
Stop if you feel pain
What’s one of our biggest reminders? Please don’t push through the pain. We know that enjoying a sport or training to meet a goal can be rewarding. However, pain is a sign that you should stop and schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Pain while running could be a sign of an overuse injury, which is common for runners. It’s best to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.
We’re the foot and ankle specialists, and we’re here to help you reduce your risk of injury. If you do experience pain, you’re in the right place for a solution. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us at 860-236-2564 for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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