General Considerations

Running Shoes - What works best for me?

To best fit your individual foot, we need to ask you a couple of questions:

  • Injury History:
    Have you had any injury problems before in the past, such as knee pain, shin splints, back problems, or IT Band issues?
  • Common Running Injuries:
    • Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendonitis can be an irritation/inflammation or the tendon (tendinities) or between the tendon sheath and the tendon (tenosynovitis).  Once the tedinitis becomes chronic it is referred to as tentinosis. Read More...
    • Iliotibial Band Syndrome: This is an irritation of the attachment of the Iliotibial Band (IT band) alond the outside of the base of the femur (lateral epicondyle).  The IT band is the tendon of the tensor fascia lata muscle and lies directly over the lateral or outside quadriceps muscle. Read More...
    • Metatarsal Pain: This is an irritation of the joint capsule of the metatarsal joint and/or an irritation of one or more of the nerves that pass between the metatarsal heads. Read More...
    • Patellar Tendinitis: This is an irritation of the connective tissue that attaches the patella or kneecap to the top of the tibia or lower leg.  This irritation can present itself as swelling of the tendon or irritation of the bursa (fluid filled sac) that sits underneath the patellar tendon. Read More...
    • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is an irritation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot.  Fascia is a type of thick connective tissue that gives stability to different locations in the body.  An irritation of the medial calcaneal branch of the tibial nerve can mimic as plantar fasciitis due to the proximity of the fascia attachment and the path of the nerve. Read More...
  • Surfaces:
    Where are you going to be using these shoes? Road, Offroad, Track, Treadmill, etc.
  • Goals
    Any fitness goals you have in mind, such as losing weight or complete a marathon.

Now that we have the answers to these questions we can move on to Step 2 - Figuring out what your arches are doing with each stride.