So I have been gettig out and doing jogging/walking like 3-5 times a week. The other day I was lookin down at my feet as i jogged and saw that my right foot in particular kind of goes inward? Not my toes pointing in or anyhing but more like the ankle wanting to roll in it looks like. Anyone know what to look for to find a good shoe to help not do that? I really don't want to hurt myself an stop bein active after I have finally gotten somewhere. I can't spend a ton of money on shoes but am willing to pay a bit to get something that will hlep me out!
You could go to a couple of branded shoe shops ask them what they would recomend and why. Once you have an idea what you need you can decide what to buy.
I'd be careful about salesmen. They most often have an agenda set by the company they work for. Right now the hot running shoes are the super-light variety, and they have very little in the way of support. Whatever you decide on, I would strongly reccommend looking for a shoe with a good solid heel counter. If you have any kind of deviation in your stride, you will not get what you are looking for with the super-light shoes.
I would highly recommend going to a specialty running store not a chain store or not taking someone elses advice on which shoes to get. An employee at specialty running stores should be able to do a gait assessment on you and by looking at your ankles, foot movements, and calves tell you which shoes you should purchase. I let them educate me and I then went to a different store to buy them at a cheaper price. I highly recommend letting them tell you at the minimum what size (you'll be suprised its probably larger than your normal shoes) as well as what type (mobility, stabilty and nuetral). All of these factors will help prevent injury as well as optimize your preformance.
Hi. Definitely hit up a specialist shop. I have a pretty bad pronation of my right foot as well. I always get Asics as a brand as they have built in support plus cushioning of the heels (I also have sore heels). Hope this helps.
I went to a running store after I started the C25K program. I also overpronate and I get shin splints very easily. I had read that usually running stores will put you on a treadmill to see what you are doing and find what will work for you, but the guy at the store, while very nice, was very unimpressed with how much I run/plan to run a week. He was like, don't really worry about it, but if you like the Asics Kayano, then I would recommend this shoe, it's very popular. It was the Asics GT-2170. And I love them!!! I don't think those stores really cater to people who want to run like 10 miles a week, and they shouldn't. It's not like we're training for a marathon or anything. :)
If you can't find a running store near you, though, remember to get a half size up. Plus, it seems silly to spend so much on socks, but I would recommend getting some running socks, they run about $10/pair. My shoes included a pair and a bought an extra pair, and I swear it feels like your foot is encased in a cloud! I love them so much I'm going to get a couple more, they are that good. But I don't have naturally happy feet, so every little bit helps! :)
Hello again. I would definitely second the running socks. I actually wear them all the time now for even my walking. They do feel amazing on the feet.
I am currently wearing the Asics brand mentioned. I was lucky to get them on sale; they are regularly £130 but I got them for £60.
As for the idea of insoles, I also have insoles. I went to a physiotherapist and had insoles made specially for my feet to aid with the overpronation. I wouldn't recommend buying insoles just from a chemist/pharmacy, as when I did that in the past they really weren't worth the money (but I do have quite a bad over pronation). The money spent on the orthotics from the physiotherapist was money well spent.
What I do with my orthotics varies on the running shoe I buy. With my Asics, I don't use my orthotics in them as they provide so much support. For other brands, I have found that they don't provide the same support (they would be a much cheaper shoe), so I would rip out the insoles provided and put in my orthotics. The shoes don't tend to last as long when I use my own orthotics, though.
Hope this helps!
I just saw that you said you didn't want to spend a lot of money on shoes unless they would help... my opinion is that they do and they don't. This is my experience...
Got shin splints in Sept 2011 (running on cement (my kryptonite) for boot camp) I bought Asics Kayano 17s and they really helped! Got shin splints in Dec2011 (training with my cousin who is a really good runner and who believes I can run like her if I wanted to, not true btw) still running in Kayanos though, and actually I really do believe I had a stress fracture even though the x-ray came out negative. Stopped exercising the shin splints went away. Got shin splints in Mar 2012 when I started C25K. I got Asics GT-2170 and they helped! Got shin pain again (not so bad, this time) in late April, still running in GT-2170.
I was convinced that my poor body mechanics were to blame for the shin splints, but now I guess all the overuse mumbo jumbo is right. Or maybe a bit of both? I followed the C25K exactly for the first 5 weeks before switching to about.com's running program. Today, I can run so much better than in the beginning! And I feel so much better. I think once you strengthen those shin muscles everything feels better about running. The shoes are secondary, I think.
If I were on a budget, I would get an older version of the shoes I have now, so Kayano 17's or GT-2160's, you can get them for half the price of the newer versions. But, my old trainer once told me that buying older shoes isn't a good idea because the rubber starts to break down on its own and they won't last as long as newer made shoes. I did a quick Google search and didn't come up with anything to support that though. I'm not sure if that's true or not.
Good luck with running! You can do it! :)