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September is that time of year when we step back into routine. It is also a great time to cycle a new pair of running shoes into your physical activity routine.  Here are some great tips when gearing up for a new pair of runners.

Some key features to look for in a new pair of running shoes:

  1. Rubber outsole for traction control
  2. Moderately firm midsole for support and cushion
  3. Heel counter should be firm and have an “Achilles Notch” for comfort
  4. Comfortable cushioned tongue to prevent forefoot irritation
  5. Eyelets with laces allow for shoe adjustability
  6. Breathable upper for proper ventilation
  7. Removable insole to allow for space with custom orthotics
  8. The shoe should withstand a “twisting” motion, like wringing out a towel

When trying on shoes:

  1. End of day is best as it is a true representation of your foot size
  2. Bring the type of sock you will wear with them
  3. Bring your custom foot orthotic with you
  4. Walk around the store and bounce on the spot for a few minutes
  5. Try both shoes on at the same time
  6. If they feel uncomfortable initially, they will always feel that way

Some key features to avoid:

  1. Slip on shoes
  2. Clogs or shoes which do not have a heel counter
  3. Flimsy shoes that are easily folded, twisted when handled
  4. Inserts made of gel or air can displace over time altering support and comfort
  5. Irremovable insole

Shoes differ depending on the activity intended for use and the type of foot sitting in them.  It is important to check in with a Chiropodist – Foot Specialist prior to lacing up a new pair of shoes for a new sport, or gym routine.  Chiropodists are trained professionals who know feet and shoes inside and out.  It is my specialty to assess biomechanics and recognize what foot type you have.  We can then develop a treatment plan to get you moving in the right direction.