The choice of running shoes you pick can make a difference between serious injury and simply, easy running. Your health should always come first and one of the most common causes for injury when running comes from worn out running shoes.
That said, even new inexpensive bargain basement shoes often don’t provide the support needed for safe, solid running and they can mean you end up injured. Paying a little more can make all the difference when it comes to shoes for running.
Understanding pronation or the roll of the foot from ball to heel is essential in buying a good shoe for running. There are both under-pronation and over-pronation and these should determine the shoe that you purchase. The easiest way to determine your pronation is to look at the heel of your current shoes. This is an indicator of whether you run on the outside or the inside of your foot.
You should also look at the arch of your foot. Do you have a normal, low or high arch? This also determines pronation and the shoe you should choose. High arches usually result in under-pronation and low arches the opposite. If you have a low arch then you have to counter it with motion control running shoes, to prevent over rolling.
Of course, if you run competitively and regularly you’ll find that a more expensive pair of running shoes is a necessity. These shoes are made from better materials and ones that are often far more shock absorbent than lower cost shoes. This prevents damage to feet, knees, shins and hips and means that you can be safe in the knowledge you won’t have damage to your legs and feet in the long term.
Running barefoot is the best way to run if possible as it allows the natural movement of the foot to come out. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have hard enough feet to start this or soft and safe enough ground to run on. However, shoes such as the Vibram Fivefingers can help here.
The Vibram Fivefingers is especially made to allow you to run as close to barefoot as possible and is the perfect foot for long distance running, trekking and any other sort of sport that involves the use of strong, durable runners that provide support. The Vibram Fivefingers is made from abrasion resistant materials that follow the contour of the foot and allow you the running barefoot sensation.
These shoes are also made of breathable uppers and are one of the most comfortable running shoes available. Unlike other sorts of shoes where you have to understand how and what to choose the Vibram Fivefingers shoe is an excellent, easy solution and makes the decision to easy.
No matter what sort of shoe you choose, whether it is Vibram Fivefingers or a traditional shoe, make sure to look after your body as you have to deal with it for a long time after you run.
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