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Get a Grip on Your Gait — Choosing the Right Running Shoes for You

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for You

TriCycle and Run’s special gait analysis software allows a runner to see the difference in their foot strike while barefoot, compared to their foot strike while wearing corrective running shoes. Photo by Laura Wormuth

TriCycle and Run’s special gait analysis software allows a runner to see the difference in their foot strike while barefoot, compared to their foot strike while wearing corrective running shoes.
Photo by Laura Wormuth

From the SoMd news article:

Running shouldn’t be painful. Typically, outside of normal muscle strain, if you’re in pain while running, you are probably doing it wrong.

“So many people go out and try to run, but they don’t have good form and they don’t have the proper shoe, so they come back saying, ‘oh, that hurt!’ And then they don’t want to do it again,” says Laura Chance, owner of TriCycle and Run in St. Michaels. “Our instinct is to not do things that are painful.”

But how do you know if it’s something the right shoe can fix? How can you tell if you have problems with your running form or your body’s biomechanics?

“For a runner, ideally to prevent injury, you want your muscles and the tendon that goes all the way down to your heel to stay in a straight line,” Laura says. “If they start to bend, typically if you’re not in a shoe with the correct support, you will complain of pain when you’re running.”

A simple gait analysis can help you determine how your feet are hitting the ground and whether special supportive running shoes can make a jogging routine more comfortable.

Read more at the link:

http://www.somdnews.com/extras/health_and_vigor/get-a-grip-on-your-gait-choosing-the-right-running/article_1c0a0a92-96b6-5b79-be4b-a0a4d75ad10e.html