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If your feet are a little bit damaged lately, this could be an indication of the wrong footwear.
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Finding the right running shoes is not that easy, because the selection is huge. Since your shoes play an important role in cushioning the impact while running, it is important to take your time and make the right decision.

Running in the wrong shoes can quickly turn into disaster, especially if you plan to run long distances or on rough terrain. Many foot injuries are caused by shoes that do not fit properly, and the wrong footwear is the leading cause of running injuries such as shin splints (pain and tenderness along the shin), plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the tendon plate of the sole of the foot), or tenditis (inflammation of the tendon shin). If your feet are a little bit damaged lately, this could be an indication of the wrong footwear. You should watch out for these warning signs.

Toenails falling or bloodshot

If you regularly wear shoes that are too small, you run the risk of putting too much pressure on your toes, which can lead to bruising or loss of toenails. There is even a name for it: runner's toe. To prevent this, there should be a thumb's width between your longest toe and the shoe. So go for a size bigger!

Blow

Painful blisters on their feet plague many long-distance runners. They can be an indication that your shoes are too tight or narrow in certain places. Running shoes should give your feet support, but at the same time offer enough space for a full range of motion while running. Our tip: Blisters often appear when you tie your shoes too tightly. So try different lacing techniques to find the right one for your foot.

Aching heels

Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is one of the most common running injuries. Walking in the wrong shoes, especially on hard surfaces like concrete, is a common cause. Keep in mind that as you run, your heels keep hitting the ground. If your running shoes don't cushion the shocks enough, you will feel it sooner or later.

Different expired soles

As a rule of thumb, you should change your running shoes every 600-800 kilometers. Notice whether they have worn differently, such as whether one heel is more worn than the other. This can be an indication that you need custom-made insoles to compensate for this unevenness.

So how do you choose the right running shoe?

  • First, consider the type of surface on which you are going you will run Walking on asphalt requires light shoes; On the other hand, if you walk on rough terrain, shoes with good grip.
  • Invest in good quality - Don't buy the shoes that are cheapest or “look the most beautiful”!
  • Make sure Buying shoes made specifically for running. Simple sports shoes do not offer you the support and traction you need for longer distances and will certainly not help you make the next half marathon.
  • Get one at a specialty store Treadmill analysis carry out. Your gait will be analyzed, which will help you to find out which properties your next pair of running shoes should have (e.g. more support). It is advisable to do such analyzes regularly, as our feet change with age.
  • Try on as many shoes as you can in the store, to get a feel for the range of running shoes available and which ones are right for you. Buying shoes online can sometimes be cheaper, but it is still best to try them on there.
  • Try on your running shoes in the afternoonbecause as the day progresses, your feet swell up due to physical activity. Reach for shoes that are half a size larger than what you would normally buy.

Summarized:

Follow these tips and start avoiding injuries that you as a runner may have already sustained. Have fun running!

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