Why Do I Have Pain in My Feet when I Run

You know the importance of a good running shoe, especially if your a seasoned runner. It can make the difference between a great running experience or potential injury.

The problem is not being informed. Most people do not know that there is a proper shoe for your foot type. And that can become a huge problem. You should know your foot type before you get to the stores to purchase a pair, and that can make a world of difference whether you want to do brisk walking, jogging or marathons.

So how do you find out what foot type you have? It's really quite simple. First you get a piece of dark paper and then soak your feet and step on the paper so it leaves an imprint on the paper so you can determine what your type is. There are generally three types of feet.

1) When there is not much of an imprint, and it covers most of the feet, then you have flat feet. You are among the 60% of the population in America with this type,flat feet.

2) If you show a wide arch and narrow line of your outer foot then you have high arches. You are among the 30% of the population of in America.

3) Congratulations if your imprint has a medium arch,You are among the 10% of the population in America with the ideal foot.

There are running shoes that are right for you, regardless of what foot type you have. As many as 56% of the 30 million runners in America, have injuries from wearing the wrong shoe selection. So you can see in order to protect your feet from injury, you really need to pay attention and do your homework to find the right shoe for your foot type.

You really need to put your health first even with all the pressure one gets from TV ads or what is popular to wear now. Most likely you will be able to find the right shoe for your foot type and still have style.

And here are some guidelines to help you determine the right shoe to buy:

  1. For the flat-footed person, you will want to buy a shoe that is stable and rigid. This will prevent your ankles from bending inward or outward and it will also protect you better.
  2. If you have high arches, a cushioned shoe is what you will want to look for. High arched feet don't absorb shock very well, so you will want that cushion to help in absorbing the shock for you.
  3. For the medium arch or ideal foot, you want the combination of both cushioning and stability for your feet.

When you try on a shoe it should be approximately a 1/2-inch between the front of your running shoe and your longest toe, and it should be snug but not tight. Tip: Shop for your shoes late in afternoon when your feet are a little more spread. If it is not comfortable when you are in the store, imagine what it will be like when you are out on a run and when your feet start to hurt. You should test them while you're in the store so you can make sure it's a proper, comfortable fit.

In summary, make sure you pick your shoes wisely so your running experience will be smooth, wonderful, and enjoyable, and try to skip those bargains for shoes that are a concern for you health and safety, and your feet will thank you for it with much gratitude.