y name is Dr. Lee S. Cohen; I have over 29 years of experience of working with high level athletes from basketball to soccer and everything in between. Today I would like to discuss with you how to pick the proper running and workout shoe to best fit your needs. Choosing a shoe based on the color is not always the best option, understanding more about your feet can lead to a better decision that won’t leave you injured and in pain.
Picking the right running shoe starts with knowing what type of foot you have. Your foot type depends on your arches; yes indeed your feet have more than one arch. We have the arch that we all call the arch which is on the inside of the foot. There is also the arch that comes across the top of the foot; this tells us about the middle to the front of the foot.
Now, if both of these arches are high, then it is considered a high arched foot. The problems that can occur with this foot type is that they are typically rigid. This does not allow shock to be absorbed properly by the lower extremity and over time this will lead to joint pain and other injuries. As a first time running shoe buyer with high arched feet, you should consider a cushioned sneaker. Some recommended shoes in this category are the Asics Gel-Nimbus, Asics Gel-Cumulus, Brooks Glycerin, Nike Air Vomero and Brooks Ghost.
If you are like a majority of the running population then you have low arched feet. Both arches in this case are low, there are several degrees of low. If you are a low arched runner you should consider having a mild stability shoe. This is because your feet lack the ability to be stable during movement. Without some stability the muscles of the lower extremity begin to go into “over-drive” and over time this will cause them to fatigue and become injured. In some cases, an athlete will need a maximum stability shoe. For this category I would recommend New Balance 1260, Saucony Guide, Brooks adrenaline, New Balance 860.
A certain percent of the population have a high arch in the back, and low arch across the top of the foot. They lack stability and shock absorption. These athletes require a specially made custom orthotic to provide the control of the back of the foot and to provide shock absorption. This can be done by either myself or another qualified Sport Podiatrist. The proper orthotic would provide shock absorption for the back of the foot while maintaining proper alignment and stability for the front of the foot.
Whether you are just beginning to enjoy a healthier lifestyle or you have been doing it for years, your shoe selection is important. Those who are involved with body weight exercises, weight training and boot camp style classes should still consider sneaker selection before participating. Using the information above can guide you to making a more educated purchase and help you on your healthy lifestyle journey for years to come.
Please refer to the image below to see what category you may fall in. If you have any questions please call our office at 610-522-9200 or visit our website at www.drleecohen.com