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If you are an active runner, it is important that you have the right type of footwear as inappropriate footwear can cause problems. Investing in a quality running shoe can help to prevent damages to the foot and ankle and can make your running experience more comfortable and pleasant. If you run with the wrong footwear, you can suffer from a range of injuries such as:
Ankle strains and fractures
Corns ad bunions
Metatarsalgia, also known as pain in the ball of the foot
Here are a few valuable tips that you should certainly consider when purchasing running shoes:
Choose a shoe that has built in shock absorbers to absorb the shock while you are running.
Purchase and try on shoes in the afternoon or evening or after a running workout when your feet are at its largest.
Try on the shoes that you intent to buy with sports socks to make sure that they will fit properly with your socks.
Make sure that there is space (about one half of an inch) between your big toe and the tip of the shoe.
Bend the shoe to see how flexible it is. Overly flexible shoes normally indicate a lack of support and are not advisable.
Replace your shoe after every 350 to 500 miles or after every 20 to 25 weeks.
If you have flat feet which is a condition where you have low or no arches or where the arches of your feet have collapsed, your running abilities will definitely be affected as your feet will lack the strength and flexibility that it needs to properly run. In addition, this condition will result in pain that you will feel at different places in your body including your leg, feet and lower back which will also affect your ability to run. Does this mean that you cannot run at all if you are suffering from flat feet? Certainly not!
If you have flat feet but would still like to run effectively, you would need to make sure that your ankles are feet are properly supported while running. This can easily be achieved with orthotics which are support for the arch of your feet. These should be purchased and placed in your running shoes to prevent your feet from over-pronating while you are running. What exactly is over-pronation? Pronation is the term that describes the rolling in of the foot as weight is transferred from the heel to the forefoot. Some degree of pronation is natural; however, when someone is suffering from flat feet, the foot rolls in too much resulting in over-pronation. However, with the right type of orthotics in your running shoes, your feet and ankle will get the support that they need, thus reducing over-pronation.
Flat feet if not treated with orthotics can result in a painful condition that many runners suffer from – runners knee. This condition causes the muscles and tendons in your feet and legs to stretch which impact the knees. Runner’s knee can also be caused if the knees of the runner:
have been overused through repeated bending
have suffered a direct trauma resulting from a fall or blow
are misaligned due to bones being slightly out of place due to bearing too much weight
Orthotics are also quite effective in treating runner’s knees as well as flat feet and if you invest in the right pair of orthotics, you can treat both conditions simultaneously.
Orthotics are generally made from three different types of materials; however, as a runner, not all three are best suited for your needs. It is good to understand the different types of materials so that you can know in advance which material is most suited for you as a runner.
These are long-lasting! They are very difficult to break and they do not change shape. These orthotics are the best for motion control but they give the least amount of shock absorption and as a result, they might not be the best orthotics for a runner.
These orthotics are specifically designed to absorb shock and increase balance. They are easily adjusted but needs to be replaced or refurbished periodically and gives the least control of the muscles and tendons and as a result, these are also not the best orthotics for runners.
These orthotics are perfect for runners because they guide the foot through proper function, they allow the tendons and muscles to perform more efficiently and they have great shock absorption. These are definitely the orthotics that you need to purchase to treat flat feet as well as runner’s knee.
There are a host of different brands of foot orthotics on the market in the UK and Australia, as well as other European countries. Most commonly these brands offer shock-absorption and cushioning, however biomechanical alignment is very limited. The properties of an effective orthotic device should include: - a deep stabilising heel cup, a longitudinal arch and metartarsal dome to support the transverse arch.
Footlogics orthotics are one of the more corrective and more supportive brands on the market. With a firm biomechanical arch support, these orthotics are recommended for flat feet and other common foot issues like excessive pronation.
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