Web Workshop: How To Choose Running Shoes

Web Workshop: How To Choose Running Shoes

Articles, Running
Web Workshop: How To Choose Running Shoes Thanks so much for having me, guys. This talk today is a small part of something that came out of our frustration that there are so many different running shoes,  so many different brands, so many different sponsors for all of that. How do we make sense of it? And so we kind of talked about let's get back to the basics. My name is Rita Chorba, I'm a physical therapist and athletic trainer, and I've been in the field for about 15 years. I started out  working with runners at the University of Arizona, and they taught me a lot about really high-level, elite-level running. And then for the last several years, I've been working as a civilian for the military.  So…
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Do you need a wider shoe? Here’s a quick way to check.

Do you need a wider shoe? Here’s a quick way to check.

Articles, Running
Do you need a wider shoe? Here’s a quick way to check. This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association Are your shoes or boots too tight? Even if you've worn the same size for years, you may start to notice discomfort. This is because your foot size and shape can change throughout your lifetime - sometimes up to a full size bigger! If your footwear is too tight, blood flow to the muscles will be restricted, and your foot will be unable to spread naturally to absorb shock. In addition, a constricted foot can cause over-pronation, where the foot collapses inward too much over the edge of the shoe's platform.  Here's a quick way to check the width of your shoe compared…
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Running Shoe Book Q&A

Running Shoe Book Q&A

Ankle-Foot, Articles
Thanks to the team at FSR (Federal Staffing Resources) for a great interview about our book! 1. Picking out the right athletic shoes. Such an interesting topic to tackle. What originally got you interested in studying this subject? Though I had worked with collegiate and professional runners for several years, it wasn't until I started working with the military that the issue of shoe selection really presented as a problem. When I began working with the Marines, I observed that some running-related injuries didn't always respond to sports medicine treatments as I would have expected. Having dealt with my own challenges with finding the right shoes (I have two different feet!) I discovered that some of the tips I'd picked up in my learning process were helpful for my clients. 2. You’ve…
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Are my shoes (or boots) causing blisters?

Are my shoes (or boots) causing blisters?

Ankle-Foot, Articles, Running, Tactical
Question: Are my shoes (or boots) causing blisters? A common cause of blisters is shoes or boots that are too tight or too loose. One of our clients is a "seasonal" runner who routinely starts training for his annual running/physical fitness test about two months out. This year, he began noticing blisters on his pinky toes.  Though he ramped up his miles abruptly (going from 0 to 15 miles per week…in 2 weeks),  he denied experiencing foot blisters since way back in boot camp. He had, however, bought a new pair of shoes for his upcoming physical fitness test. Answer: Check the shoe’s liner 1. Remove the liner insert from the shoe and stand on it. The size and shape of the liner should match your foot all the way around.…
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