Snow doesn’t seem to stop runners participating in races like the hot chocolate run, the polar dash, or the go santa go 5k marathons, so your shoes shouldn’t stop you from participating in these fun winter runs either!
During jogging or running, the 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, and a network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels that make up the foot all work together. That's why you need to condition your body, build up to a routine, and stretch your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before and after each run. Debilitating muscle strain or more serious injury can result when runners or joggers don't build up their routines and allow their bodies to strengthen over time.
When you run, your foot rolls quickly from the heel to the toe, with your foot bending at the ball on each step. That's why it is important for running shoes to have enough flexibility in just the right places. However, to help with shock absorption, you need a little more rigidity to support the middle of the foot. Make sure the heel is low, but slightly wider than a walking shoe to help absorb the initial shock when your heel strikes the ground.
You can also prevent many simple foot problems by using proper foot hygiene. Keep your feet powdered and dry, wear clean socks every time you run, and make sure your shoes fit properly. But most importantly, let your body be your guide so that you don't overstrain your legs, ankles, and feet. Good luck with the races this winter and stay warm!