I could write a book on this….. First, go slow! Injuries from running are very, very common and mostly from over-doing it. Running is one the most rewarding things anyone can do for fun and exercise. If you plan to get into running you absolutely need the best running shoe FOR YOU, regardless of brand.
The most important things to consider when buying running shoes are:
- Make sure the shoe fits your feet very well. Size, width etc. It could help to bring the socks you would wear jogging to try on with the running shoe.
- Be sure the shoe has adequate cushioning and support FOR YOU, this is important, do not be shy to run around the store, this is your comfort for miles and miles of running.
- The heel height of the running shoe is suitable for your running style.
- You will probably find that the weight of the shoe will also become important once you’ve been running/jogging for a while but that is not crucial in keeping your feet and knees healthy as a runner.
I wear orthotics for everything except running and walking for exercise. I don’t suggest that you need orthotics just because you want to take up jogging, not everyone needs orthotics. Once you have the correct footwear sorted and If you take it slowly, build up your strength and stamina and don’t over-do it you can be virtually injury free as a runner.