Choosing the right running shoe

The Institut National de Podologie, which collaborates with the Asics brand, helps you to know which pair of shoes suits you best. Here is the advice of Yves Lescure, teacher and chiropodist at the Institut National de Podologie.

“A pair of running shoes is not a “therapeutic tool” but “technical equipment”, and you need to have the technical features that are most appropriate for you and last as long as possible.To choose the right pair of shoes, you need a global approach of the stride, through a study on very personalized and pragmatic bases, the idea being to find the best compromise. This first goes through a discussion with your chiropodist. At the National Institute of Podology, it seems fundamental to know who you are dealing with, in order to determine your needs as well as possible.

– An experienced runner who has no problem, basically our speech is: “Everything is fine, don’t change anything”. It’s useless to change shoes, to want different characteristics. So far, the runner in question has made the right choices, the technical tool is corresponding.On the other hand, if his request is associated with running pain, then the approach is closer to the principles mentioned above. For example, if the runner suffers from Achilles tendon, this is not the time to choose a drop too low. If his problems are related to the knee, it may be a very good idea.

– For the beginner runner, the choice can be made according to his background. If the runner has a history of foot, calf or Achilles tendon for example, a shoe with good cushioning and a significant drop (heel height) is more consistent. If the runner’s antecedents are at knee or back level, a shoe with a smaller drop and less cushioning is more consistent. I would then recommend a 6 to 8 drop to make the best use of the foot and calf characteristics to reduce the strain on the knee and back. If the runner is in good physical condition, a pair of second-hand shoes worn by the previous owner will do the trick, it will be a lower cost investment compared to buying new shoes.

Things not to do

– Ruling only on the functioning of the foot, and even less on the posture of the foot in statics or in walking dynamics. It is absolutely necessary to consider the foot, the knee and the hip, and to analyze them in running dynamics.

– A big mistake is to interpret walking characteristics when choosing your running shoe. You don’t walk at all like you run.

The importance of size

You have to assume that a foot that runs is not like a foot that walks. The foot that runs is mechanically influenced: it takes three times the weight of the body, so the foot grows mechanically. The foot that runs is vascularly influenced: it’s more full of blood, so it has more volume. The bottom line: you have to take at least one extra shoe size.”

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