It can be confusing and overwhelming to choose what kind of running shoes that are best for you, your feet, and your running style. Below, we describe 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.
But before we get into that, a couple Austin runner resources for you:
– Click here if you know you want to learn some of the most important running-injury prevention exercises.
– 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.
I recently asked one of our running injury and running shoe specialists his advice on how to pick the best running shoe, and this was his response:
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.
The reality is there are a lot of different options for a lot of different running forms. One of the things we hear from our runner patients who have visited a few running shoe stores 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 highly corrective, high arch support, running shoes. When we over-correct runner’s feet, it tends to create a lot more problems and can lead to new injuries as they run.
We should allow the foot to move appropriately and normally, and utilize shoe correction and/or orthotics only as much as necessary.
So whenever you go to a running shoe store in Austin, one way they have you assess a running shoe is by jogging on their treadmill for a minute or two. That’s not really enough time to truly 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?
1) One thing I have my running patients do is to 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, it’s probably not the best shoe for you.
2) Another thing I have them do is a single-leg squat while wearing the new shoe. If the shoe helps you feel more stable with a single-leg squat than you feel with other shoes or while barefoot, it might be a good shoe for you.
Again, you can’t really know if a running shoe is right for you till you get out for a few good runs, but unfortunately most stores won’t take back shoes that’ve been used on actual runs. So the way you can test out your new running shoe options while in the running shoe store is single-leg balance and single-leg squat … The one that makes you feel most stable and balanced is likely 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.