Once you have a pair of running shoes that feel good and are familiar, there’s a tendency to put off buying new ones until the current pair looks about to fall apart. This is more than a style issue: old running shoes no longer do a good job of cushioning shock, correctly distributing your weight, or protecting your ankles from sprain. I don’t sell running shoes (or have stock in Nike or New Balance!) but I strongly recommend that you only run in newer shoes that can still perform as designed. Did you know that many kinds of back and knee pain are caused by wearing the wrong- as in old and worn out -shoes? It’s true, and you might be surprised how much more you’ll get from your running routine if you’ve got good shoes on your feet. You may have heard about “pronation” or “turn in. ” This is a natural tendency of the foot to roll in from the ankle as you place load on it. Like when you run. A little pronation isn’t serious, but too much will cause knee pain or even more long lasting damage. Good shoes, properly fitted, can help control this and other potentially injurious problems with your gait.
When you’re here at the clinic getting an adjustment or evaluation, talk to me about your exercise preferences. If running is in the mix, we’ll talk shoes, and I might be able to tell you some details about your own physical characteristics that will let you head to the athletic shoe store with a lot more knowledge about what shoes to buy for pain-free jogging. See you on the trails!