How to choose a running shoe

Even if you run only for fun, you need to buy proper running shoes to avoid slipping or tripping and to avoid foot pain.

The choice of running shoe depends a great deal on your foot type. The ideal situation is when you have a neutral foot type, which is often not the case. About one third of the population, over-pronates – that is their feet roll inward excessively. Motion-control shoes are recommended in such cases, as they prevent overpronation, providing the support the foot needs to step in a neutral position.

A few of us over-supinate, that is their feet roll outward instead of inward. In such cases, the main problem is inefficient load distribution, which puts excessive stress on the foot. Extra cushioning is required to counter this situation.

Next comes the size, you need to choose a comfortable fit, not only lengthwise but widthwise as well. Always leave some space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, about half an inch is all that is required. Too tight a fit would hurt your foot and would not compensate for the foot swelling that normally occurs with running. You will get fatigued easily and may develop painful corns.

You would need a tougher sole and more cushioning when running on asphalt than what you require on a dirt track or grass. Moreover, choose a breathable material to avoid smelly feet and fungal infections.

Ergonx have developed a selection of orthoses specifically designed to aid runners counteract the problems with certain foot types. We offer heel and arch supports to prevent excessive inward movement of an over-pronating foot, and soft orthoses to provide the extra cushioning needed to support a supinator foot.