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Choosing a running shoe

choosing running shoesIn our last post, we discussed running socks, inserts, and some brief tips on selecting running shoes. We have also previously talked about proper fit for shoes in general. Today, we are going to address finding the best running shoes for you.

Choosing a running shoe can be confusing, especially as running and fitness magazines have annual rating issues and each brand makes claims about its particular superiority. How do you know which claims are right and whether those rating guides apply to your needs? In short, the only way to know which shoes will be right for you is to know your own feet and to try on several styles. Here are some tips based on recommendations from the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine to help choose your next pair of running shoes.

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Planning a run? Properly outfit your feet first

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Whether you are a beginning or a seasoned runner, properly outfitting your feet will go a long way towards running success. When you prepare for work or to go out with friends, you spend time planning and preparing your wardrobe, right? Do your feet a favor and spend time planning your foot wardrobe before your next run. By selecting the right socks, orthotics, and shoes, you will not only increase your comfort during your runs, but you will also reduce your risk of injury.

Beginning runners

If you are a beginning runner, be sure to see your podiatrist at Kansas City Foot Specialists before you get started. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and ankles, ask you about your overall health and your fitness plans, discuss any previous injuries or identify potential problems, and offer advice on training and footwear. Your podiatrist may make specific shoe recommendations, suggest orthotics, or both.

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Common sports injuries — turf toe

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Do you play football, basketball, soccer, field hockey, or lacrosse? If you answered yes, you may be at risk for a condition known as “turf toe.” These are all sports that involve the athlete frequently coming up onto the toes, then pushing off before the next step or movement. This painful condition is also common if you have made a drastic change in your footwear, have limited range of motion in your large toe joint, or if you have excessively low arches.

What is it and how does it occur?

Turf toe is an injury of the large toe joint, typically occurring during sports or activities taking place on artificial surfaces. The most common cause is hyperextension of the large toe joint while the heel is raised off the ground. In this position, external force drives through the large toe into the supporting soft tissue structures, causing those tissues to be torn or ruptured.

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Shockwave therapy for heel pain

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Your heel and foot pain have persisted for months. You can’t get out of bed without experiencing pain with each step. You are standing at work and notice an ache in your heels. Rest doesn’t help. Ice and elevation provided minimal relief. Even stretching and physical therapy weren’t enough. Yet, you aren’t ready to consider surgery. Kansas City Foot Specialists has another option — Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, a technologically advanced, non-invasive treatment for your heel pain.

What is it?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment for plantar fasciitis-related heel pain. It uses sound waves, conducted through the skin, to irritate damaged tissue as a means of stimulating healing. In studies, ESWT has been shown to provide heel pain relief in 70% of those undergoing the treatment. It is an ideal treatment option when conservative treatments have failed, and is an appropriate step before considering surgical intervention.

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Common sports injuries: tendonitis

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As we discussed previously, tendonitis is a common overuse injury of the foot and ankle, particularly in athletes. Foot and ankle tendonitis occurs so frequently because we spend much of our time every single day engaged in activities involving being on our feet. Whether we are simply walking from one place to another or engaged in sports, our feet carry all of our weight and any excess pressure we place on our bodies. The three most common types of tendonitis are posterior tibial tendonitis and Achilles tendonitis.

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