Now in the midst of summer, I’m sure many of you have enjoyed getting out and logging some more miles. Whether you are a recreational runner or training for your next marathon, keep in mind that just as important as the shoes you wear during a run, are the shoes you wear the rest of the day. During a 30 minute run you take on average 4,000 steps (more if you have a faster cadence). With each step, your foot applies a certain amount of force on the ground and equal force is applied from the ground to your foot. With improper form or the wrong footwear, you are likely to develop pain. Even with good running form and proper footwear, what you do to recover can be critical to avoiding injury. If you have a job where you are required to stand or walk throughout the day, this can be especially challenging.
Finding a good pair of casual or “recovery” shoes can be difficult. Several years ago, I stumbled upon what I consider the “king” of sandals. The support is far better than any other sandal I have seen. If you are looking for a way to take the stress off your feet after a run, while still letting your feet breathe, these are a great choice (see links below).
If you have foot pain or are battling any injuries, it is best to see your doctor or physical therapist first. A physical therapist can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and effective treatment options. If you are unsure what shoe type is right for you or want feedback on your form, McMeen Physical Therapy offers free running screens for all Kearney Runners. To schedule a running screen you can call (308)237-0591.
Krista Cullen, DPT, CEEAA, NSCA-CPT
Krista is a physical therapist at McMeen Physical Therapy in Kearney. She has extensive experience with treating running injuries and has a passion for helping every runner achieve their goals. Krista has been a runner for 13 years. She ran Division I Cross Country at Creighton University and continues to enjoy training for races from 5K’s to the Marathon.