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PODIATRIST DISCUSSES HOW WOMEN'S AND MEN'S RUNNING SHOES DIFFER


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There are special considerations women need to take into account when shopping for running shoes, which are often just sized-down versions of men’s shoes. “Women’s shoes are generally wider in the forefoot and toe and narrower towards the heel. Men’s shoes are larger, in general,” explains Rebecca Pruthi, DPM, a podiatric surgeon and owner of Foot Care of Manhattan.

 

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Dr. Rebecca Pruthi

 

Because of this, women need running shoes with more shock cushioning. “Women, on average, weigh less than men of comparable height and shoe size. Therefore, the midsole in a woman’s shoe is designed to sustain less impact as the foot strikes the ground,” Dr. Pruthi says. “Women’s running shoes usually contain a lighter and softer midsole than the men’s version, too.”

 

Source: Jake Smith, Tiffany Ayuda, Prevention [6/2/21] 


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News

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