Q Should running shoes always have extra cushioning?
When keeping in mind the good qualities to look for in a shoe, cushioning definitely has its place. If you stand at work, walk for long periods of time, or have a foot structure that needs support, it is a good idea to wear shoes that have proper cushioning to support your feet. This will help feet from tiring and prevent injury.
There is quite a bit of debate as to whether extra cushioning is good in a running or exercise shoe. Every running shoe company seems to be coming up with a new special feature to lure you into buying their shoes. They all claim that “gel pods,” “pillows,” and “advanced air pockets” will make you feel as though you are running on air. However, studies and tests have shown that extra cushioning hinders the way your feet feel stability. They showed that feet landed harder due to not being able to feel the ground surface through all the cushioning.
If you aren’t sure whether your shoes are keeping your feet healthy, bring them in to our office. We can evaluate your feet, gait and shoes and determine the best course of action to protect your feet. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Danciger today by calling our office at (760) 568-0108 or scheduling an appointment online.