Dr. Running Shoe: Should your Physician Prescribe your Footwear?

Your healthcare provider advises to stay fit and it’s well-known that running is one of the best ways to get and stay healthy. Our running shoes, cross trainers and trail runners aid our quest to stay out of the doctor’s office. Or do they? Could your running shoes actually cause your doctor visit? According to The Physician and SportsMedicine “running related injuries are among the most frequent reasons for primary care visits.” Many runners suffer from malaligned legs and abnormal foot type, which if not compensated for by a shoe, greatly contribute to injury.

Don’t fret dedicated runner, hope remains. Many physicians are armed with a solid understanding of basic foot types, gait patterns and running shoe design. In fact, with a simple office visit, many physicians can recommend the right footwear for your foot and leg anatomy.

The anatomy of your running shoe may compensate for the anatomy of your foot. To fully understand your physician’s running shoe recommendation, understand your running shoe.

Running shoes, crosstrainers and trail runners are made up of 4 primary components: the upper, the midsole, the last, and the outsole. Check out the link below to learn where each part is and what it does to keep your feet healthy:
Anatomy of a Running Shoe

March 3, 2006. Sneakers, Stability Shoes.