Running is high-impact. When your foot connects with the pavement, there’s a huge force traveling through your ankle and up your leg to your knee and hip. Your feet experience high levels of impact from the intense, repetitive motion of running. This can cause superficial pain or distress to your feet.
Training over rough terrain or pushing yourself too hard increases your risk of ankle or foot injuries like corns, calluses, blisters, and muscle cramps. More serious potential foot injuries include plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the soles, and metatarsalgia, pain or stress in the forward area of the sole. If you don’t take precautions, the risk of injury can be high.
Your feet need real support, and your dirt-cheap, sneakers from the department store aren’t going to cut it. Consider these shoe fit tips that will help you excel in your training, reduce your risk of injury, and change your life!
- Shoe Width– Too narrow a shoe will hurt and could cause structural damage over time, while too wide of a shoe will cause instability and blisters. It’s important to measure your true foot width. Most shoe stores only offer medium widths. Do your research and find a store that offers several shoe widths in various styles.
- Foot Shape– When a shoe is constructed, it’s made on a wooden or plastic form called a last. Matching the natural shape of your foot to the right last can eliminate a wide range of foot problems. After all, even if the shoe is the right size, your feet will still hurt if the shoe is not shaped for your foot!
- Biomechanics – How your foot strikes the ground, and how you roll your weight across your feet after the initial heel strike, will determine the amount of motion control or support you’ll need in your shoes. Having a basic understanding of the biomechanics of running can help you appreciate your own running form and see where you may be able to make improvements.
- Arch Length- When you step forward, your rear foot flexes just before the ball of your foot. Match the flex point of the shoe to the flex point of your foot by measuring the distance from your heel to the ball of your foot (i.e., your arch length). This way, the shoe works with your foot and your your biomechanics, providing greater comfort and preventing training injuries
Get a Free Fit Analysis
Visit one of our three New Balance San Antonio locations: The Strand, The Forum, and The Quarry Village where the first thing we’ll do for you is provide a free professional fit analysis. Our professional fitters will watch you walk or run and match you to a shoe with the correct type and amount of support or motion control for your biomechanics.