A running shoe is suitable if it give sufficient support
and cushioning. Aptitude depends on the running style, type foot and weight
of the runner. The ordinary neutral standard shoe is only suitable for the
one with good running style. If there is an adaptation necessary you can
choose in the first place for high-heeled (at Achilles tendon and calf
problems) or for insole (these is available in all kinds of types). These
inner sole ensure correction of the running style and more support. If these
measures are insufficient, a special running shoe that corrects the running
style is often an appropriate solution.
Running style analysis
To get a picture of your the there
are several methods developing.
making a film using a treadmill.
· A foot impression.
· By means of a glass plate (with a mirror).
· By running simply outside a
Also an old shoe gives the necessary information. By means of wear
out of the sole and the form of the shoe
can a not correct running style
be inferred. Thus a strong shaping of the heel cap to left of the
right shoe is a sign of overpronation
. Also (light) injuries are an indication that the
running style is not (entirely) well.
Overpronation and supination
The most happens deviation is that the
foot falls too much to within, as a result of which the Achilles
tendon is charged too much. You
can prevent that by choosing for a shoe that reduces this overpronation. At this type of shoe the
left heel and the
inside of the inner sole
is the material more firmly.
At supination problems the reverse happens: the foot falls too much to
the outside. For this deviation there are
also special shoes available: the outside side of the
inner sole has been reinforced.
How to buy running shoes
After the running style analysis you will determine
the most suitable running shoe, by a running bit
on several shoes. Beginning with neutral shoe, because the possible
deviation is then largest. With the salesman you go after which shoe the
possible deviation is smallest. The salesman pays especially
attention to the size of the Achilles tendon angle and sagging the
foot. Also the weight of the runner is important at
determining the correct shoe. A heavier
runner needs a shoe with more shock absorbing.
Finally something about the shoe
size. Use socks which are
the same as which you run.
Take care that the longest toe
has a space of approximately 1 centimetre (or 0.4 inch) Takes also into account that you feet have
thicker at noon more as
in the morning. Also the breadth of the foot
is important. Shoes are available with narrow and broad lasts.
A lady model is narrower.
A running shoe has to endure a lot during its life. By step 2 up to 3 time
must be processed the weight of the runner. After 1500
km/1000 miles (that is
after a year at 30km/20miles per week) the shock
absorbing and stability has been
in generally consumed. The life span is also dependent of the weight
and the running style of the runner. A
runner with a low weight needs less
shock absorbing. As the outside sole has worn out these can possibly to
By carrying special running socks (well-known
mark is falke) the liquid is
removed better. Also it can prevent blisters. Pay attention at the purchase
of socks that these are seamless. The better socks its heel - and
toe-protected and is provide with a left and right
Run not always on shoes which everything correct, because your
muscles and tendons are no
longer stimulated to reinforce itself. They become
earlier weaker. Change for this reason regularly of shoe. If
need new shoes within a couple months buy them then now; the old
pair you can use to reinforce
the muscles and tendons. Of course you take
not too much risk.
Start: February 2005 Last modified: 29 August 2020