Getting the best fit for running shoes at a running specialty store depends on the specific activities you intend to use your shoes for. A trained fit specialist may want to watch you run—or walk, if that is what the shoe is for—on a treadmill or outside. He or she may also want to look at your bare feet and your current pair of running shoes to determine how your foot fit in them. This also allows you to explain what you did or did not like about them. You should allow around 30 minutes for a good fitting, which can include time to try on different shoes as well as a gait analysis.
Proper fitting shoes are essential for runners. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits consult with Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel will provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.
Proper Shoe Fitting
A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:
- Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
- Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
- Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
- Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.