It starts on the ground! For some, a minimalist style running shoe is great; for most, support is a must! Stop in and see us for a mini-evaluation of your stride. We will steer you toward a specific type of shoe, be it neutral, supportive or "guidance", and help nail down the fit. And don't forget you can run in a minimalist, or mid-foot strike style in a standard shoe! Improving your running stride and making running more comfortable can be as simple as focusing on your gait and getting the right-fitting shoe!
Heels hurt when you hit the floor in the morning? Can't walk barefoot on the beach? Walk real funny-like when you get up after sitting? You may have plantar fasciitis. This tissue, that runs between your heel bone and toes, can become inflamed or even tear a bit, and it can be very limiting!
A couple of things that can help:
- Roll your forefoot and arch on a tennis ball or pop bottle
- Stretch your calves well and consistently (tight calves pull on your plantar fasciitis tissue).
- Reassess your running shoes (you may have the wrong fit or shoe type wearing barefoot/minimalist shoes can strain your calves initially)
- Put a SOLES insole in your shoes and you may feel instant relief
- Re-assess your running gait
One of the most important parts of the run - warming up - is also one of the easiest to ! Commit to starting every run with a dynamic warm-up.
Do each of these for 50 feet as you head out on the road or trail:
- Walk on your toes, then walk on your heels
- Walk while pulling alternating knees to the chest
- Do walking lunges
- Do a straight leg march attempting to touch your toes with your hands
- Finish with 50 feet of butt kickers
Some questions to ponder before you buy your next pair- Do you run on trails or the road? How frequently do you plan on running? Do you currently experience knee, hip, or lower back pain while walking?
Pronate: As you step down, your arch collapses inward and can't absorb shock. Try a shoe with stability and motion control.
Neutral: You arch does its job by absorbing shock. Try a light-stability or neutral platform shoe.
Supinate: You land and run on the outside of your foot. Try a neutral, cushioned shoe.
Ignore shoe sizes- they vary greatly between brands. Lastly, don't buy your shoes too small! About a thumb's width of space between the end of your toe and the end of the shoe usually provides a good fit.