Importance of Wearing Properly Fitted Shoes

Earlier today one of our Facebook friends inquired about painful cramping in her toes while she runs; she wanted to know what could be the cause. So we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about wearing the right size running shoe.

There could be many reasons why you are experiencing cramping in your toes while you run, but one of the major causes is the shoes may actually to be too small or too narrow. Some people do not realize that while running our feet spread and swell an average of 5 mm each time we strike the ground. Shoes that are too small don’t allow our feet to spread, but instead confine our feet. This confinement can easily lead to decreased circulation; it can impinge nerves and cause the joints to bend in odd directions.

None of these are good things. So what can you do?

First, if you’re in the Midlothian, Chesterfield, Richmond, Northern Virginia or DC Metro stop by Lucky Foot. {If you’re not in the area go to a running specialty store}. It is important that you make sure your foot is measured properly. While this may seem like an unnecessary step, especially for adults, it is important to know so you can be fitted for the correct shoes.

Second, if you do not want to come to a store to be fitted, you should consider purchasing shoes that are ½ to a full size bigger than your regular shoe size because, like we mentioned, your feet spread an average of 5mm each time we strike the ground. Make sure you check the location of your big toe, ensuring that it is not pushed up right against the front of the shoe.

Finally, after you are fitted with the right shoe, tap your heels back in the shoes to ensure a snug fitting heel. This will help prevent your feet from sliding forward when you run.

It is important to realize that having a poor fitting shoe can cause plenty of complications like those mentioned above, in addition to black toenails, blisters and foot numbness.

Stop by Lucky Foot and allow one of our Team Members to fit you with the perfect pair of running shoes. That way you and your feet can continue enjoying daily runs!

~ The Lucky Foot Team

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One Comment

  1. This is very handy advice for someone like me, because I wear running shoes all the time. I had no idea that there was a particular way to wear shoes. Hence, it is vital to know the proper techniques for wearing shoes.

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