Footman Podiatry and Gait Analysis Clinics

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Running Shoes

Benefits

A good running shoe play's a crucial role in running performance and injury prevention, by providing support, cushioning, stability, and protection.

 

Runners

How do they help?

Good running shoes are designed with cushioning materials in the mid sole to absorb the impact forces generated during running. This helps to reduce stress on the joints, particularly the ankles, knees, and hips, thereby lowering the risk of overuse injuries like stress fractures and tendonitis.

Running shoes offer various levels of support to accommodate different foot types. They may include features such as arch support, heel counters, and structured mid foot support to help maintain proper alignment and stability during the running gait cycle. Adequate support can prevent issues like overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot) or supination (insufficient inward rolling), which can lead to injuries.

In addition to cushioning, running shoes often incorporate shock-absorbing technologies in the heel and forefoot areas. This helps to dissipate the impact forces generated with each foot strike, reducing the strain on muscles and joints.

Properly fitted running shoes reduce the risk of blisters, calluses, and other discomforts that can arise from friction and pressure points. Comfortable shoes also encourage proper running form, as discomfort or pain can lead to compensatory movements that increase injury risk.

Running shoes provide protection from various external elements encountered during running, such as rocks, debris, and uneven terrain. Additionally, they can shield the feet from excessive moisture and temperature extremes, which can contribute to discomfort and potential injury.

While primarily focused on injury prevention, training shoes can also enhance running performance. Features like lightweight materials, responsive cushioning, and energy-returning mid soles can improve efficiency and help runners maintain speed and endurance over longer distances.

By offering the aforementioned benefits—cushioning, support, shock absorption, fit, and protection—properly chosen running shoes contribute significantly to injury prevention. They help to mitigate the repetitive stress placed on the body during running, reducing the likelihood of common overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT band syndrome.

 

Other Factors

It's important to note that whilst good running shoes provide essential support and protection, they are just one aspect of injury prevention in running. Factors such as proper training techniques, adequate rest, cross-training, and a balanced diet also play crucial roles in maintaining overall health and reducing injury risk. Additionally, getting fitted for shoes by a professional at a specialist running shop can help ensure that you select the most suitable footwear for your specific biomechanical needs and running goals.

Should you have any running injuries or problems with your feet that are affecting your running, then feel free to get in contact with us, via our contact page.

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