Are Your Running Shoes Causing Injury?
It's a hot debate, what is the best running shoe? First off, I'll start by saying that if there was a running shoe that prevented injury and was guaranteed to optimize performance we'd all be wearing it.
Your running shoes will not protect you from injury. I'll say it one more time...your running shoes will not protect you from injury! The injury rate for runners has been cited as high as 90%. Shoe companies and shoe stores continue to push a myriad of gimmicky innovations to lead you to believe that you'll limit injury and boost your performance. There are ultra cushioned shoes to lower impact, stability shoes to limit "fallen arches", the list goes on. Shoe stores even continue to push inserts on top of prescribing stability shoes to customers. I can't tell you how many runners I've seen with already high arches being prescribed arch support inserts.
I assure you running with pillows strapped to your feet and arch support on top of arch support is not the way to stave off the injury bug. The human foot was designed to handle the rigors of running. Unfortunately for many of us runners, our feet have gone on vacation causing a host of common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, knee, hip & low back pain.
Through this blog series I'm going to educate you on how to reclaim your feet and become a strong, injury free runner. Below you'll find videos describing the 3 main issues with typical running shoes, and tips on how to find the right running shoe for you.
1. Over cushioned:
2. Overly Elevated Heel
3. Too Narrow