It can be confusing and overwhelming to choose what kind of running shoes that are best for you, your feet, and your running style. The video below describes a couple simple things you can do when trying on shoes to quickly get an idea of if the shoe is right for for you.

If you know you want to learn some of the most important running-injury prevention exercises, click here to check them out.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury IN AUSTIN, you can request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist here. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

 

Video Transcription (please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription): 

One of the difficult questions we get in the clinic is ‘What kind of running shoes should I wear?’ If you go to a running store you might find 50, 60, or 70 different options to choose from. It can be overwhelming even for me. I go to running store and I’m not even sure what I like.

The reality is there are a lot of different options for a lot of different running forms. One of the things we hear in running shoes a lot is ‘I totally over pronate.’ You know, I’m not sure how the shoe store attendant is assessing overpronation or if they are properly trained to know how much pronation is normal and how much is too much. Pronation is not a bad thing. We NEED to pronate … It’s appropriate and it’s how we transport forces around the body.

Most people don’t need to make super corrective running shoes. When we over-correct runner’s feet, it tends to create a lot more problems. We should allow the foot to move.

So whenever you go to a running shoe store in Austin, one way they have you assess a running shoe is by joggin on thier treadmill for a minute or two. That’s not really enough time to really evaluate a running shoe. You don’t really know what a shoes will do to your feet until you get home and start running 3, 4, 5 miles or more.

So what can you do at your favorite Austin running store to help choose the right running shoe? One thing I make my patients do is have them balance on one foot (wearing the new shoe) for 30 seconds. If you’re all over the place and you can’t control your balance, they’re probably not the best shoe for you.

Another thing I have them do is a single-like squat. If the shoe helps you feel more stable with a single-leg squat than you feel with other shoes or barefoot, it might be a good shoe for you.

Most of the time, you try shoes and 2, 3, 4 might feel really good. This is just a matter of preference. But you don’t really know until you start running again. So the way you can test that out is single-like squat in your running shoe and the one that gives you the most support without over correcting it. Most likely, it’s gonna be the best shoe for you.”

Here are some more resources for runners in Austin:

Enjoy Trail Running? Click here to learn about our favorite 5 trail runs in Austin (includes descriptions of the runs, difficulty levels, and map locations)

Click here to learn some really important exercises for runners and how to prevent one of the most common causes of running injury

If you know you want to learn some of the most important running-injury prevention exercises, click here to check them out.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury in Austin, click here or the orange buttons above to request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

 

 

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