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Parts of a Running Shoe

If you are a runner looking for the ideal pair of shoes that best fit your specific needs, it may help to have an understanding of the different parts of a running shoe and what they do. The “upper” is any part of the shoe above the sole. When shoe shopping, you should look for shoes with an upper that is smooth and shaped like your foot. The “ankle collar” is the wrap at the top part of the shoe opening. Its function is to hold the heel in place. You should look for an ankle collar that prevents your heel from slipping and sliding and doesn’t irritate the back of your ankle. The “toe box” encompasses the area between the laces and the front of the shoe. Look for a toe box that allows your toes to flex and spread out, without rubbing against it. To learn more about how to find the right running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Lansing Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in East Lansing, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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