Running Shoes

Well, its finally here! Consistently warm weather that's not too sweltering to get out an run at any time of the day. Its like clockwork here in Mount Pleasant, SC and the greater Charleston, SC area for that matter. As the days get longer and warmer, more and more runners are pounding the asphalt. And, whether you're a seasoned runner who has done ultramarathons or a novice, it is extremely important to pay attention to the type of running shoes you are wearing. 

A lot of the conditions we treat, including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, Morton's neuroma, and painful bunions can be attributed to poorly fitted, worn out, or improper running shoes for your foot-type. Below are some tips to make sure that your running experience this spring is enjoyable, pain free, and most importantly injury free.

1. Make sure your shoes are properly sized. It is estimated that nearly 1/2 of women and 1/3 of men wear the wrong sized shoe. Head to any of our local running shoe stores to be measured and fitted. Check out our friends at Fleet Feet Sports or The Foot Store to get this done!

2. Make sure you are wearing shoes for "your" foot-type. Shoe manufactures invest a lot on research and development to make shoes that function well for several different foot types. Take your time, and have fun trying out all the different styles until you find "your" gem.

3. Running shoes should not be worn for running beyond 400 miles. The technology in the shoe, unfortunately, doesn't last forever.

4. Go at your own pace, and ramp up responsibly.

I don't pretend to know everything about shoes, but this most recent article about the top shoes of 2019 peeked my interest, and I figured you should check it out. Best New Sneakers April 2019.

Happy Running!!

Dr. Rahn A. Ravenell

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