If you decided that you want to run, first step that you need to do is to find the right kind of shoe. Are you a flat footed individual? If you have flat feet, this means that you do not have the normal arch that most people have on their feet. This can pose a number of problems if you do not have the right kind of shoe. In fact, injuries arise from these things which could create problems not only on your feet, such as plantar fasciitis, but even shin split problems. Fortunately, there are companies that are coming up with technologies to boost the industry.
How did technology evolve?
In the past, especially during the 1970s, you will see shoes made of flat canvas. It was a one-size-fits-all kind of design that doesn’t really bother to change according to people’s anatomic peculiarities. EVA was the main material used during those days. However, as companies have more funds for research, there are some better materials used these days.
For instance, midsole support is now becoming an imperative design carried out by the companies. In fact, some brands such as Mizuno came up with plastic midsole that could perfectly distribute each weight of every stride. Aside from the plastic midsoles, there are also those shoes that can mold according to the formation of your foot. Reebok is the company known for this. How does it work exactly? The moment that you received your shoe, you just have to place it inside the oven. After a few minutes, you can then place your foot inside the shoe to get the right mold.
There are also technologies that could give you a smooth run. In fact, it is possible to minimize the rapid deceleration and acceleration. This would overall reduce the shock that your foot will experience. If you are someone who is serious about running, this could be a good thing.
Also, aside from the fact that it could support those with flat feet, it is also possible now that you run with comfort. The lightweight materials used by footwear brands are known to give you a cool run.
Perks of improved shoe technology
There are a lot of perks to having the technology we currently have now. For instance, this prevents the knees from getting damaged. For those people with dreams of exploring the possibility of becoming a pro athlete, you can’t get the best performance without the right kind of shoes.
One of the perks of having the right kind of shoe is that you don’t need to be bothered to compensate your movements. Here, you can run according to your natural gait. For those trying to get the most of their runs, this could be a good thing.
These days, it is possible that you have an athlete perform his or her best even with flat feet. In fact, in the past, having flat feet mean that you could even get discharged by the US military. This just shoes just how far footwear industry has become.
I have worked as a personal trainer since 2000. I have worked with clients of different ages and levels of fitness, including elderly and high-risk populations. The part of my job that I find most rewarding is seeing my clients not only improve their fitness, but also gain self confidence as their bodies change. I believe that all health and fitness is rooted in proper foundation of core strength and muscular flexibility.
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