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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon

Different Types of Running Shoes

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

There are five main categories of running shoes that vary and fit with different running endeavors. First, there are spikes, designed for sprinting on tracks or cross-country courses. These lightweight shoes are known for their stiff plastic or metal spikes and minimal cushioning, offering superb traction for track workouts and actual racing events. Racing flats are tailored for road races and are available in a range of cushioning options, catering to different race distances. They are lighter and tend to be stiffer than training shoes, making them ideal for racing, although not for everyday training due to their minimal build. Lightweight trainers can add speed to a running routine and are good for sprints, tempo runs, and intervals because they are lightweight and flexible. Daily trainers are the workhorses of a running shoe collection. These shoes are generally moderately cushioned and built with durability in mind. They are the most comfortable choice for most types of runs, including easy runs, long runs, and recovery runs. Lastly, trail shoes are designed for off-road running, where rocks, roots, mud, and uneven surfaces can be encountered. These shoes vary widely, from lightly cushioned models resembling racing flats to bulkier options that resemble hiking boots. Their common features include enhanced tread, rock plates to protect against sharp objects, and reinforced uppers to withstand rugged terrains. If you are a runner and plan to run on different surfaces and under varied conditions, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. This type of doctor is able to discuss the types of running shoes to include in your assortment that can help to ensure your best comfort and performance.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM from Elite Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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