What You Should Know about Footwear Before You Start Running

Woman running by the beachwalkRunning: it is an activity that most people do every day, and for many different reasons. For some, it is a matter of haste, such as getting from one point to another. For many others, it is a lifestyle choice, seeing as it is a form of physical activity that paves the way to better health and overall well-being.

As someone interested in the latter, you may think that running is easy enough. You just have to don a pair of comfortable shoes, and you are good to go. This is one of the biggest, and unfortunately, common mistakes that beginners make.

You can run in your shoes, but it does not mean you should

Just because your sneakers allows you to run with your feet protected from the ground – and everything on it – does not mean that you should use them for running. Doing so will only pave the way to various problems affecting the legs and feet.

It’s for this reason that the podiatrists at Final Kick Ankle & Foot recommend that you first acquire some knowledge about the major roles footwear plays in your life as a soon-to-be runner.

The right shoes: Keeping your feet happy and your body fit

Wearing the right-fitting shoes is always important, but even more so during activities as strenuous as running. Consider this: In general, poor-fitting footwear can already lead to the development of plantar fasciitis, fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and calluses among many others.

So just imagine how much more severe these can get when you wear them every day you run.

As a final reminder, do not ever fall into the temptation of choosing shoes solely based on other’s experience with it. Always keep in mind that people have varying foot shapes and sizes, so what works really well for a friend or a family may not exactly be true in your case.