Running is a high-impact sport that can lead to many foot injuries if you are not careful. Any avid runner will tell you that new shoes make all the difference in improving the health of your feet. There are many approaches to buying the best running shoes for your feet.
First, have an assessment.
Many specialty running stores will offer a free gait analysis to help determine potential problem areas for you. Typically the assessment includes walking or running on a special treadmill for a brief period of time while it measures where your foot strikes the ground while running. This helps you understand where your foot and ankle may need additional support. A trained associate can show you which shoe will help prevent foot pain.
Replace your shoes often!
Running shoes are not meant to last forever and it is important to replace them after 300-500 miles. Wearing running shoes too long can cause deterioration of supportive parts of the shoe, without the support, you may experience foot pain or injury.
Focus on shoes that fit your lifestyle.
If you run outdoors or on nature paths, you will need a very different shoe than those who prefer to run on treadmills. Knowing where you will run in your new shoes will make a big difference in how you approach buying new shoes.
Stay away from trends or celebrity endorsed shoes.
While everyone may be flocking to the newest shoe trend, these are often not recommended by podiatrists. Running shoes are not a one-style-fits-all solution, so be careful to find a shoe that works for you.
Go shopping at night!
Save your trip to the store for the late afternoon. Your feet swell during the day and to get an accurate representation of your foot at the largest, go shopping in the evening. It is also important to bring the socks and any inserts you would typically wear when you are shopping.