Designer and engineer Luc Fusaro has developed a pair of gold running shoes with short spikes for added traction. Fusaro is utilizing 3D scanning and printing technology in the manufacture of these new shoes. Each shoe is individually crafted according to a 3D scan of the person’s foot. A special form of 3D printing that uses high-powered lasers, called selective laser sintering, is then used to create the shoe.

Even though Fusaro’s new technology is revolutionary, the idea of fitting your shoes properly is a time tested practice. Wearing a shoe that does not fit properly can not only lead to foot pain or ankle pain, but serious foot injuries can occur if you try to exercise without the proper equipment. When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti can not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running, although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Your running shoes can help mitigate these stresses and provide a better running experience. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or podiatrist to determine your foot type. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

Over-pronation

Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs. This can cause a series of injuries: of the knees, ankles and Achilles tendons. Finding a shoe with extra stability and control is vital to well-balanced walking and overall foot health.

Under-pronation

Usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. When the feet land, they are unable to roll inward. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions.  This can often lead to fractures, ligament tears and muscle strains. Under-pronators need shoes with increased cushion and flexibility.

If you are unsure which shoes are best for your feet, speak to your foot specialist.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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