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The Importance of wearing a Running Shoe

Running is relatively an undemanding sport when you think of how little kit you need, but at the top of the list, and of crucial importance, are the shoes in which you run. Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments 19 muscles and tendons.

When these components are working in harmony your feet will carry you over hill and dale without a great deal of grumbling. But to ensure them to perform at their best, they need proper care and attention.

Everyone has a slightly different running style, so it’s critically important to choose a shoe that suits the way you, personally, run. Trying to run in a pair of Tennis shoes or even worse, in general fashion trainers would be just asking for Injury. Your shoes need to be fit for purpose, this means they must be designed specifically to withstand high impact and offer plenty of cushioning and support, they must also suit the surface on which you’re running on, including the biomechanics of your individual foot strike pattern.

As you’d expect, research and development constantly bring about technological improvements, so the choice of running shoes has expanded exponentially over time. Don’t be afraid to get an expert’s opinion, and when you shop for your running shoes go to a specialist running shop where your Gait can be analysed, look up www.wellrunsports.co.uk. They are based in Welwyn Garden City and are a friendly bunch, that are always on hand to give advice and have a wide range in quality running Shoes, Apparel and Accessories.

Be sure to replace your running shoes frequently, as they will last only 300-600 miles. If you’re a heavier runner or you have an unusual foot strike, they’ll wear out even sooner. Keep a note in your diary of when you start running in them, or write the date on the inside of the shoes as a reminder of when to change them.

Gait Analysis

Gait analysis usually involves walking or running on a treadmill. In some cases the professional will simply watch the way you move looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. In more specialist settings a video recorder will often be set up behind the treadmill, which will record film of your gait cycle. This can be relayed to a laptop where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running style. This form of gait analysis usually focuses on the amount of pronation in the runners feet.