If you're a runner, the wrong running shoe could sideline you, a foot expert says. Choose carefully, or you risk discomfort, pain, and injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, irritated nerves or the loss of a toenail, warned Christina Rowe-Bauer, DPM, a podiatrist with Penn State Health Sports Medicine. When buying shoes, do so in-person at a store, preferably one with knowledgeable staff who encourage trial runs in the shoes at or outside the store.
|Dr. Christina Rowe-Bauer
Shop in the late afternoon because feet swell as the day progresses and as a run progresses, Dr. Rowe-Bauer said. When trying on shoes, wear the socks you wear while running. Choose shoes that fit well, regardless of size. Foot size changes over the years, and shoe sizes vary by brand and even by model within the same brand. Select shoes with a wide toe box so that your toes aren't constricted during running, she added.
Source: Robert Preidt, Healthday News [8/3/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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