Factors to consider when buying running shoes.

Runners have a wide range of choices available to them. When buying running shoes there are a few considerations. Rarely running shoes will offer any solution to your already happened injury. However, some of the factors may get decreased that may cause injury development.

Some training is the main risk factor in any running injury. These are a high volume of running or running for consecutive days. It is vital to increase the mileage gradually. It will let your body get adapted to the increased mechanical stress put upon it. When looking out for running shoe options, consider the following things:

  • Fit: It may sound basic. However, the main feature in selecting running shoes is fit. The upper fit must be relatively snug. Any too big running shoe will let your foot slide in the trainer. It will increase the risk of foot blistering. Also, a very small shoe will include compression force on your foot. Thus the risk of any bone injury will get increase. Fit and comfort are a huge part of running shoe selection. If you find a shoe that adds more comfort compared to the other, then select the comfortable one.
  • Height of the heel: Lack of movement of the ankle joint in the upward direction is a huge injury risk factor. Try screening for with some lunge test. It will provide important information to choose a shoe with a suitable height or drop of the heel. The height of the heel which is referred to as the drop or pitch in the world of footwear may range from 0-14mm. So the stiffer the joint of the ankle the more relevant will be running shoes with a height heel height.
  • Cushioning:  A material that will absorb the force of impact sitting between the floor and you is a great option. You need to become aware of how much will be too much. This is because it may include instability. Such an area requires consideration. It is related to some factors like biomechanics or body weight. Consult a specialist to benefit from his advice. Few running shoes fit the model of minimalist running shoes. For people who run to a reasonable level, considering a cushioning element in the midsole, heel height and fit are essential.
  • Outsole: It is crucial to consider the surface type you will run on and the outsole compatibility. You will find huge differences in the outsole type for road shoes and off-road shoes. Running on any surface with the wrong outsole will cause sliding around. Also, the risk of injury to soft tissue gets increases. Keep in mind that the outsole is different and the factors of midsoles should be consistent from the road to all-terrain running shoe versions.
  • Motion control: Much of the running shoe design contributes to a lot of things. One of it being minimizing the mechanical forces on your foot or lower limb. Thus the injury risk gets reduced. The bad pronation concept is oversimplifying the contribution of the foot to injury risk. It highlights how the position of the foot is a factor in the mechanical forces spectrum. It will lower any symptoms of the limb. Position of the foot is a key part of running shoe injury risk factors.


Do you run on a daily basis? If you have any problem with soft tissue or you are ready to buy a new running shoe then look at your foot and movement screen to get highly informed about any mechanical makeup. If you are a beginner or want to add running to your regular exercise routine then it is an excellent time to check out the structural injury risk factors. Then minimize such progress in the running schedule.

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