Are you a runner with foot pain? It may be your running shoe.

In the sport of running, one piece of equipment matters most: your shoes. That is why manufacturers from all around the world are constantly trying to perfect the running shoe. In order to decrease injuries, they say, they provide a variety of different options vying for your attention. Motion control, stability factors, cushion, arch support, even lightweight “barefoot” shoes designed to mimic your natural foot have made the scene, all promising you better support and less injuries.

But when it comes to the hype, how do you know what is really best for your feet?

why your running shoe may be causing foot pain Why Your Running Shoe May Be Causing Foot Pain

Study after study has been performed on people that purchase running shoes according to arch support. Once it is determined whether a runner has high, low or even neutral arches, they are given a shoe that fits their requirements. Then they are put through a 12 week training regiment to determine the impact of the shoes on their feet. Consistently the researches noted that there wasn’t any correlation between they type of running shoe, foot type, and the frequency of pain.

During the study, they did notice one thing however: the correlation between motion control running shoes and greater levels of pain. The more motion control a running shoe has, the more support it has, the more the thickness of the shoe may shut down sensor control, providing more possibility for injury.

When you look at all the research and evaluate which running shoe is best to protect and prevent injury, it quickly becomes apparent that the best place to put your focus is on selecting a running shoe that fits the width, length and shape of your feet best. Make sure the midsole region is comfortable. The size should match to give you adequate support through the midsole – the widest part of your foot – and provide a few millimeters of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Also focus in on the type of runner you are – a heel striker should look for more padding in the heel region, a midfoot striker should focus on padding through the ball of your foot.

As a general rule, if you purchase a lightweight stability shoe that match the shape of your feet and feel comfortable from the beginning, you should have adequate support for your running endeavor. Change them out frequently, and you’ll lessen the likelihood of pain in your feet.

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