As we already know, the behavior of the foot in such a biological exercise as running is very important, since it is the only base of support and transfer of forces towards the terrain that we have to move and therefore it is necessary that the footwear we use be the most appropriate and conform well to our needs
The shoes are not corrective … but they help
Perhaps it is of greater importance that our choice is more oriented to the comfort and the terrain on which we run, than to our own footprint itself. And I say this last because if the positions of our joints and structures main feet, knees, hips, rib cage and scapular system are interrelated, at the time that any of them enter dysfunction caused by any functional compensation, it will interfere in the positioning and function of the others.
With this I do not mean that at the moment we should not take into account if we are pronators or supinators at the time of choosing them, but knowing that the cause of that inclination in the foot, is probably given by some muscular and/or structural compensation, that causes that inclination to be modified.
In our opinion, it does not make sense that in a general way, nature originates those ‘failures’ in the human anatomy, that is why if it happens to you, even from birth, it is because there is some alteration of other musculoskeletal structures.
That is why we should not think that a shoe perfectly adapted to our footprint will rid us of possible future injuries, although at least the risk of suffering them is minimized.
What should we take into account when choosing our shoes?
One thing is clear, and that is that if we come to this world with nothing on our feet, it means that they are prepared to function as such, which does not mean that to adapt to our lifestyle, we protect them inside a shoe, obviously.
The problem comes when we start to take the morphological nature of its structure out of context using sneakers, which do not offer us the ergonomics we need at all: we understand ergonomics the design of tools to match the physiological, anatomical, psychological and the capabilities of the user.
A clear example is that if we do not naturally grow a heel in the heel, it is not understood then, the need to acquire shoes that have a higher sole in the back compared to the front, causing directly, that our center of gravity moves towards the front, something unnatural.
And eye, surely there are people who need this inclination because it is more comfortable when running and/or avoid some discomfort in the joints, but after all, is to accommodate the dysfunctions to avoid pain.
Although all, to a greater or lesser extent, we suffer from different functional alterations and this translates into different ways of running, it does not mean that it has to be that way, since we are all the same species formed with the same pieces.
That is why I find it important that even if we adopt the shoes to our particular anatomical needs, the tendency over time is neutrality and if this involves doing a separate job to correct those dysfunctions, much better, and we will also gain in technique and performance.
Returning to the subject in question, usually we always look at it is an attractive design, a famous brand and in many cases that is fashionable and it does not matter if we leave a bundle in them, and this is not bad but at last and finally we buy the shoes for a specific purpose and we want them to correctly fulfill their function and make us enjoy what we like: running .
Here are some good tips to keep in mind when deciding on them:
Tips to buy shoes
- You must buy running shoes at a specialized store . The dependents are well informed and will be able to advise you according to your anatomical characteristics and your particular needs.
- A good expert will observe the shape of your feet and will take into account some characteristics such as your weight, how much surface you use to run and how many kilometers you perform per week . With these premises the employee can advise the model in terms of stability, cushioning, flexibility and weight of the shoe, taking into account that a greater degree of protection, greater weight.
- Do not hesitate to try several models , even different brands until you find the one that is most comfortable for you.
- The running shoes should not be too fair or too loose , there should be half a centimeter left between the longest finger and the toe. If the toe of the shoe is too narrow, the fingers will be compressed resulting in nail problems, lack of stability, overheating, etc. If, on the contrary, the toe is too broad, blisters may appear.
- Do not forget that all shoes are manufactured in series and sometimes the feet do not conform to standardized measures . Therefore you must have patience and even if you have very wide feet or a very steep bridge there will always be some shoes that suit you. Walk with them through the store to be able to perceive if you feel comfortable and if the shoes have any piece or defect that could bother us.
- The footwear must always be tested on both feet , because there is always one bigger than the other. If your feet are unequal, you should always be guided by the size of the largest foot and if the shoe of the other foot is not adjusted you can always resort to the use of templates (although I am not a supporter) or a thicker sock.
- Never let yourself be influenced by the brand of shoes or design since you only have to choose the ones that best suit your needs.
- Choose the type of tie that is most appropriate. Depending on the height of the instep, one kind of tie or another will go better: on a ladder, crossed on the outside, crossed on the inside, skipping some eyelets, so that the running shoes will hold the foot properly, without causing undue pressure.
- If you wear sneakers with enough inclination, try that with time and progressively, you will adapt to ones with the sole more and more flat , without difference of height between the tip and the heel.
We hope these tips help you find the shoes that best suit your circumstances and nothing interrupts your career!