Shoe Away Foot Pain
Don’t let clever marketing reel you
in. When choosing a pair of running shoes, comfort should still come
first, Danish researchers say. After they assessed a large group of novice runners who wore neutral shoes that didn’t offer any special support based on pronation (that is, the way the foot lands), the scientists concluded that these footwear did not increase injury risk. “With beginner runners, other factors such as training errors are greater predictors of injury than foot posture,” says study author Dr Rasmus Nielsen. This means you don’t need to get too hung up on the technical specs of your new kicks. If you’re a rookie pavement pounder, it’s best to simply buy the pair that feels most comfortable, he says.