I am always amazed at how runners pick their shoes every running season. I have found that most runners will go to their local shoe store to pick out their shoes. Some runners will blindly take the advice of the local sales reps to "custom fit" them into a corrective running shoe. Other runners will rely on the feel of their running shoes to decide if it is a good fit. These methods of shoe selection are fine for normal functioning feet, but terrible for many runners who have dysfunctional foot movements.
When picking a running shoe, there are three main components to look for. I invite all of you to bring your running shoes by the office to have me look at them. I will test them and give you a recommendation for a shoe that will help you the most. You should not purchase a shoe that promises correction of pronation or supination as most of these issues are caused by lack of proper joint motions. Corrective orthotics, shoes, or lifts should not be fitted until each joint in the foot is properly adjusted and has full motion restored. If you cast an orthotic without doing this, you maintain abnormal motion in a foot that can lead to hip, knee, and back pain.
The take home lesson for all of you runners is to bring your shoes in to my office so that I can assess if they are functioning properly. From there I can restore normal foot mechanics and build in-office running orthotics within 45 minutes so that you can walk out with them the same day.
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