Shoe comfort matters a lot and it’s more important when you are doing a high-impact activity like running.
If you are thinking that you are having excessive pain in your legs while running or if you are a budding runner then you should buy new shoes for yourself because that can actually solve all your problems.
There are many benefits if you are using the right kind of shoes for your workouts because that will help you to like it more and it can be a real game-changer.
If you are wearing the wrong shoes then it might lead to a lot of problems or injuries ( like plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and early onset arthritis and discomfort).
“Our feet are the gateway to the rest of our body”, Dr. Cunha says. Ignoring foot pain or if you are wearing the wrong shoes for a long time then it will not only aggravate foot issues and will also affect your body mechanics.
So how do you know that wrong shoes are disrupting your workout?
Though everyone’s feet are different there are few common signs that everybody should look for: ankle pain, ingrown toenails, and heel or arch pain. These foot conditions can be cured by looking for the right type of sneakers.
When you are wearing the wrong shoes and it lacks comfort in terms of the footbed and adequate arch support then it will lead to collapsing of the ligament.
There are sneakers that look like they don’t have an arch but they are rather filled in with more sole and cushioning and this type of foot doesn’t provide enough shock absorption on its own.
The one with rubber sole also bounces a lot and makes it smoother. If you’re one of those people who deal with knee pain after a run, then it could be a sign that you need a shoe which gives you the best fit and comes with a more softer and flexible midsole.
Getting the right fit for shoes is very crucial and that to shoes that are too small can crunch your toes together and will lead to ingrown toenails.
After getting an idea about the type of shoes, now its time to understand, which one is the best one for you. If most of the wear is on the top outer edge of your shoe, that’s a sign that you supinate or under-pronate.
If your shoe looks like that you wore it evenly that means you should opt for shoes with a lot of cushions and shock absorption “neutral” gait and a stability sneaker that has a balance of cushioning and give you support on your foot as you run.
If you have shoes worn on the top inner-edge, that’s a sign of pronation and in this case, with this foot type, you need motion control or high stability sneakers so that you can keep your feet aligned with your legs.
This process looks quite extra and hectic but it will be worth doing it and who knows that you will start liking running after getting the right kind of shoes!!!