Best Running Shoes

In this article, we take a closer look at the best running shoes. This is one of those dreaded injuries that can shut down an athlete for long periods of time.

As with many problems we experience, prevention is often a better solution than having to fix the issue at all. And this concept applies to plantar fasciitis.

One of the most common causes of this injury is overpronation and by using the proper footwear, we can avoid the heel pain and discomfort caused by this problem.

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So how exactly do running shoes work? Well, there are three different parts to these shoes. Arch support, denser material insole under the arch, and sometimes extra cushioning in the outer side of the heel. So what does any of that mean? How does it help? Well, let’s take a look.

1. Arch support

This one is kind of self explanatory. Having injury means that you don’t have an arch in the bottom of your foot, the arch of the foot acts as a spring, pushing the foot toward the outside as you step. Without the arch the foot rolls inward toward the menial side of the foot. This is called Overpronation and is what causes the pain associated with injury. So obviously having arch support in your shoe can be very important.

However, not all running shoes have arch support. Why? Because for some people with severely injured it can be painful. So do you need it? Well, the best way to tell is to simply go to a shoe store and try on a pair. If it feels uncomfortable walking around the store than chances are it’s going to be uncomfortable or even painful for you long term.

2. Denser Material

The one element that all running shoes for injury have is denser material along the medial(inner) side of the shoe. As I stated before overpronation is caused by the foot rolling inward, so having a dense material, that does not have any give like the rest of your sole, on the medial side will correct that. Any shoe that says “stability” or “motion control” is likely to have this feature.

You can always tell if this feature is present by simply looking at the shoe. The denser rubber will usually be a different color from the rest of the sole. This is the most crucial component to balance out your foot and prevent it from rolling.

3. Give in the Heel

This is another optional feature that some shoes have but others don’t. The idea is that having some give on the outside of the heel will allow your foot to roll inward like your used to by starting the roll too far to the outside. This combined with the denser material on the inner side should cause your foot to finish the roll properly centered on your toes.

I’m not a huge fan of this option because to me it’s still creating the problem of a rolling foot. But to each their own. My advice is to start out with a pair of running shoes without this option and see how it works for you. If you need to have that extra bit of roll then upgrade on your next pair of shoes.

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