You might already have everything necessary to be a great runner. You might have the stamina and the lung power, you might have the will to run through thick and thin, you might have the discipline to run every day. However, you might as well have some feet problems. Nott too big to be a disability, but bad enough to be bugging you constantly.
Well, I have some good news for you! Do you know that most of these common foot issues can be solved quite simply? Yeah, all you need is the correct footwear, and you can almost forget the bugging problem.
First thing first – which are those common feet problems? Without being exhaustive, here’s the list: overpronation (rolling the foot inwards), supination (rolling the foot outwards), narrow feet, wide feet, low arches, high arches, bunions, bunionettes (tailor’s bunion), shin splints, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes.
So, no matter what your exact foot problem is, it really helps to get the correct shoes so you can ease your conditions. Let me remind you that the number one reason for foot problems is bad fitting shoes. Number two is worn out shoes. So, pay attention to your footwear.
Make sure you try on your shoes in the evening, when your feet are at their biggest. If you try the new shoes in the morning, you are in a risk of terrible foot pain by the end of the day. You feet just tend to expand a bit during the day, and might need just a little bit of more space.
Most importantly, don’t focus on your foot problem during your run. Running with a good buddy or good music always helps to draw the attention away from the problem. Sometimes that is all that is required to turn the running into an awesome experience, instead of journey to the Misery Land.
Let me give you a personal example – I have bunions. Big and ugly bunions. They run into the front part of my shoes and cause me a lot of suffering. I had to get shoes half a size or even a size bigger, just so they can accommodate my bunion feet. Of course wearing shoes that do not fit properly is not comfortable but is much better than suffering from the rubbing. This continued for years until I found that there are many stylish running sneakers for bunions.
This simple discovery, my friends changed my life forever. No longer I have to suffer silently. No longer, I had to purchase the plain men’s running shoes. I had a choice. I felt free.
Remember: Most common foot problems can be easily avoided and simply treated. (see what the experts say)
So, if you suffer from any of the conditions I mentioned above, immediately try getting shoes made specifically for your condition. I am quite certain you will feel the difference immediately.