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Running shoes for wider feet

by Jim Ransom

Looking after your feet

The Importance of getting the right trainer for you (wide feet)

When I first started running I had no idea that trainers were different, I don’t mean that brands as you can clearly see by the price that something with a recognised name on the side might be more expensive than others, may look good but at the same time, they can really damage your feet. I learnt the hard way and I know I am not alone in this. I normally take a size 10 in a shoe, and dutifully went out and bought a pair of cheap trainers at my size. After just a few little runs in my shoe of choice, I started to get pains in my feet ankles and calves. A running friend asked me a really important question, he asked “have you had your gait analysis done?”… my what? He took the time to explain that not all trainers are the same and that I could cause myself immense damage by running in the wrong type. I have wide feet, I didn’t realise it at the time but did notice my toes were hurting in the shoes I had purchased.

I went to a specialist running shop and asked about my gait analysis this is a completely painless process and involved running for a short distance on a treadmill whilst someone filmed my foot strike. I found out that I have wide feet and I would need a trainer with a larger toe box ( top of the trainer) and that I overpronate this means that I would need a trainer that helps my foot to stop rolling inwards again causing discomfort in the wrong trainer.

So if you have you wide feet, there some simple things that you should do to ensure you get the right trainer for you to keep you running and hopefully injury free.

Firstly get your feet properly measured

Firstly get your feet properly measured at a specialist running outlet and be prepared to get a shoe at least a half size larger than your normal shoe, the longer you run the more likely it will be that your feet will swell and this will cause blisters and black toe.

Secondly get your gait analysis done

Secondly, get your gait analysis done to see if you are a natural runner or if you pronate (foot rolling) some outlets will make an insole for you (normally about £50) but this will be able to be re-used and can be put in any trainer you buy. If you don’t go for that option you need to know what trainers are right for you?

The most important thing is to get your gait analysis done and ask for professional advice for your type of foot.

Jim Ransom – knowing your feet
Brands I like

If you have wide feet and you are looking to run distance there are 2 or 3 brands that stand out in their build, support and comfort. These are Altras (a personal favourite) Hokas, or Brooks (a big favourite with many club runners).





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