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How Tennis Shoes and Running Shoes Differ

Understanding the difference between tennis shoes and running shoes is necessary to improve performance and prevent injuries. While both types of shoes are commonly referred to as sneakers, they differ in several ways. Tennis shoes prioritize lateral stability and traction to accommodate the directional changes inherent in tennis. Running shoes focus on cushioning and support for forward motion, facilitating a smooth heel to toe transition. This discrepancy is evident in the midsole construction. Running shoes feature thicker midsoles for impact absorption and arch support, while tennis shoes have thinner midsoles to enhance lateral support. In addition, the lifespan of each shoe type varies. Running shoes typically require replacement every 350 to 500 miles due to midsole wear. With tennis shoes, the integrity of the outsole tread dictates their longevity.  If you are experiencing foot pain that may be related to your choice of footwear, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment. 

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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