During running forces of approximately three times your body weight are placed on your feet, making them more prone to injury. The right running shoes for your feet are vital to maintain good foot function and prevent injury.
Running shoes are a big money industry and there are many options to choose from for the consumer. You can’t simply just shop for a brand as within each brand there will be many different models made to suit different biomechanics. Running shoes have varying levels of support and cushioning which can have a positive or negative effect on your gait so the right advice is paramount.
Our Melbourne podiatrists are best placed to advise you on which running shoes are best suited to your feet. They can use computer gait analysis to accurately assesss your waking or running and will advise you on right pair of running shoes to improve foot function and prevent injury. Our podiatrists can also advise you if your feet would benefit from orthotics to help further control excess foot pronation and further improve your performance.
When should I change my running shoes?
Generally a good pair of running shoes will last anywhere from 500 -1000 kms. How long they last will depend on a number of factors including the shoe material, running surface, weight and your running style. If you are starting to develop symptoms then chances are your running shoes are on their way out.
Before buying new running shoes we recommend a gait assessment with one of our Melbourne podiatrists, especially if you are starting to develop symptoms. A greater understanding of how your foot functions will allow us to give you the best advice on which type of running shoes best suit your feet.