Choosing The Right Running Shoes

Running has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially during the pandemic when other options for outdoor activities were limited. “Run clubs” are becoming the new trend which are popping up all over Melbourne, thanks to the influence of social media platforms like Instagram, Tik-Tok, and the running-specific app “Strava”.

Running provides countless benefits including improved cardiovascular fitness, mental wellbeing and weight loss whilst also creating great social opportunities. However, many runners experience injuries and pain, especially in the early stages of their running journey. It is essential to be properly equipped before starting, so before you grab your old sneakers and hit the pavement, it’s crucial to ensure they will provide adequate support for your feet. Wearing the right pair of running shoes can help correct your posture, gait, and reduce the risk of injury and discomfort, ultimately enhancing your workout experience.

Risks from wearing a poorly suited shoe include:

  • Blisters
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee, hip & lower back pain
  • Foot stress fractures

How do you choose the perfect pair of running shoes?

Walking into a store and choosing the right pair of shoes can feel overwhelming with the variety of colors, brands, and styles available. Consider factors such as the terrain you’ll be running on – if you plan to venture off the pavement and onto trails, you’ll need shoes with increased traction, ankle support, protection, and durability. Understanding your foot type, whether you need minimal or increased arch support, is also crucial. Additionally, the shoes you choose must fit within your budget, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution to finding the perfect pair of running shoes.

Here are 5 simple tips to get you started:

  1. Ensure you select the correct size.
  2. Avoid purchasing shoes online; instead, test the comfort and size of the shoe in store before making a purchase.
  3. Try on multiple brands and models to find the best fit.
  4. Seek advice from health professionals such as osteopaths or podiatrists who can assess your foot type, and consult with store staff who are knowledgeable about different types and brands of running shoes.
  5. Understand your feet; often stores such as Athlete’s Foot or Active Feet have scanning tools which can determine the best type of support for your feet.

Investing in a quality pair of running shoes is essential if you want to join the running trend and minimize the risk of injury in the long run. However, if you experience pain while embarking on your running journey, consult with the osteopaths at Blackburn Allied Health Group promptly. Osteopaths can assess, diagnose, and treat injuries while providing footwear advice and tailor-made running programs to suit your current fitness level.

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