When it comes to choosing a running shoe it does pay off to put more thought into it than just choosing any trainers. If you want to avoid injuries and visits to a West Perth physio having a decent pair of running shoes is the best idea. Let’s face it, there is not much else you really need when it comes to running. There are some nice accessories and such but they are not a requirement. Here is a look at what you should think about with your runners, in no particular order.

How much they weigh

The weight of your shoes is going to have a real impact on the energy you have to use to run. For some people, they need different weights, a heavier one for training and a lighter one for racing in. But take care if you do choose to switch between them as lighter shoes tend to have fewer supportive aspects.

Their comfort levels

You want to be comfortable when you run so it does help to be able to run in them before you commit. The best way to do that is using them on a treadmill indoors so you can return them if you need to. Sometimes you are going to have to try many shoes before you get it right. Common issues are rubbing points, pinching and excessive fatigue. A Subiaco physio will recommend getting good quality running shoes to help avoid injury.

The pitch of the heel

The pitch of the heel is the height difference between the heel and the head. Pitch can be zero all the way to around 11/2 cm. Pitch affects the load and how it is distributed through your legs particularly at your ankles and shins as well as the feet. Higher pitches put more on the shin and foot and lower pitches put more on the calf muscles and Achilles.

How wide the shoes are

The width at the front of the shoe called the toe box is important to give the foot room to spread out as it hits the surface while you run. It is essentially absorbing the shock. When there is not enough width at this point it can cause irritation and midfoot pain.

What surface you run on

If you have recently seen your physio West Perth they may have asked about what surfaces you run on as that has an impact on your running technique, the shoes you need and the injuries you face. Often a beginner runner will make the mistake of not using the right shoe for the right surface. For example, trail shoes are made to prevent rocks from piercing through the shoe.

How it compares to your old shoes

Choosing a shoe that is too different from what you are used to running in can cause problems and injuries that you need a Subiaco physio for. When choosing a running shoe compare for weight, midsole tech, heel pitch, height, and so on.

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