The Chicago area's infamous winter weather may be upon us, but that doesn't mean locals have to stay indoors to exercise. The Lemont Park District is sponsoring it's annual Frigid 5K race , providing good motivation to run three miles in the chilly outdoors.
Whether you're running the Frigid 5K, hitting treadmills at the Core fitness center or keeping in shape elsewhere, it's important to wear proper shoes while you run.
After all, during jogging or running, there are 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments working together.
Because of the force placed on the legs, ankles and feet during a run, your jogging shoes need to offer cushioning for shock absorption. Don't just pick a pair based on color – you need to select footwear designed for the shape of your foot and your natural foot structure or inclination.
There are three basic foot types:
· Pronators have feet where the archrolls inward excessively. People with this foot type need motion-control shoes that offer support in the mid-foot. Runners with this foot type should look for sturdy uppers for added stability with a reinforced heel counter to maintain foot support and stability.
· Supinators have feet with higher than normal arches, which can lead to underpronation and places too much weight on the outside of the foot. Runners with this foot type need shoes designed for extra shock absorption and often have a curved or semi-curved last. Look for shoes that are reinforced around the ankle and heel to stabilize the foot and provide extra cushioning under the ball of the foot.
· People with normal feet can wear any type of running shoe, although a curved last is generally preferred.
As you run, let your body be your guide so you don't overstrain your legs, ankles and feet – Dr. Michelle Kim and I see this among some of our patients at DM Foot and Ankle. If you develop recurring or increasing aches or pains from running or other sports, contact our office and we'll help pinpoint the problem so you can stay active and prevent more serious injury or long-term damage to your feet.