What shoes does a podiatrist wear when running?
I get a lot of questions from my patients in Worcester, MA about what type of shoes I wear when I like to run. There is a local store called Sneakerama in Worcester that I buy my sneakers from and the one that I like to use most recently are called Asics Gel Kayano. These are shoes that have very good support and they have something called biased lacing. What that means is that instead of the laces being straight up and down the foot they are more off to the right-hand side or to the medial side of your foot. This reduces any of the impingement on the big toe joint when you are running. My basic tips for shoes is I like to change them every six months or every 500 miles, I like to make sure I wear new shoes frequently, and if I think they are wearing out I tend to buy a second pair and just notice the difference. If the new pair feels better I will throw out the old pair. The majority of foot problems that I see that people deal with come from wrong shoes. Some of these conditions include heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and even certain types of foot wounds that can occur because the shoes do not have enough support. If you are interested in getting more information about what types of shoes I recommend, you can go to drpelto.com and on the right-hand side there is a link that says Shoe Help or Shoe Recommendations and you will be able to find the shoe stores and the types of shoes that I recommend.