Want to feel good on your feet? Get fitted for the right footwear

Written by Aaron Z. Haydu plus Dave's Races. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Many disparate factors shape a person’s well-being and health equity throughout Northwest Ohio. Creating opportunities that have the potential to reach everyone in the community is challenging, but when we’re able to see the trees through the forest by compartmentalizing and focusing efforts, the potential becomes more real.

From healthcare professionals working long hours on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, to first responders moving quickly to provide urgent support, to grocery store clerks, to food-processing workers standing in one spot for their entire shift so we have access to daily essentials, happy feet are the root of long-term sustainability.

Feet are often taken for granted when evaluating personal well-being, but when you make your foot health a priority, many of the lifestyle aches and pains you’re dealing with can be reduced or even eliminated. It all starts with what type of footwear you put on, how often you change them throughout the day, and when you replace them with new ones.

The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments all working together to provide support, balance, and mobility. Those are a lot of moving parts. Additionally, everyone’s feet are set up a little bit differently and should be evaluated individually.

Getting fitted for the proper footwear consists of several observational and measuring steps. All of these steps are pretty basic, but it takes a trained professional to evaluate what they all mean once put together.

During a fitting at Dave’s, you’ll be asked to walk, run, or jog; stand in varying ways; and flex your feet through a few low-intensity movements. Measurements will be taken, and your existing shoes will be inspected for wear patterns before any type of shoe is recommended and tried on for comfort. You’ll be able to walk around the store in each pair and ask any questions that arise. It may be that you simply need an insole for the type of shoe you’re already wearing. Ultimately, it’s about what feels best to you, so you shouldn’t ever feel pressured into any one choice during a fitting.

Changing shoes throughout the day is one way to maximize their life and reduce your foot fatigue. Those you’ve spent your workday in are not necessarily what you should wear around the house or while exercising. Consider a pair of soft recovery sandals or ultra-cushioned shoes for around-the-home wear and running shoes with the right lift for your calf flexibility during your runs, walks, and cross-training routines.

Remember not to over-tighten your shoe laces; your feet need good circulation to perform at their optimal levels. Going barefoot at some points throughout the day is also a great way to stay in touch with your feet and what they might be trying to tell you.

Unfortunately, shoes will not last a lifetime. They only last so long before the stability and cushioning begin to breakdown and no longer support your foot health. When worn regularly, shoes typically last about six months before they should be replaced. Frequency of wear, type of activity, wear patterns, and miles put on them will be the primary deciding factors in their overall lifespan.

Don’t let the name fool you. Dave’s Running Shop provides footwear for people of all ages and lifestyle preferences. You don’t have to be a runner to find the right footwear at Dave’s. In fact, a large number of our customers don’t run at all—but they keep coming back because their feet feel good in their selection and they were treated right during their visit.

Dave’s Running Shop is the only locally owned and operated footwear store in Northwest Ohio, and was the first running shop in Ohio. Founded in 1973, four area locations serve the community from Sylvania, Perrysburg, Findlay, and Delta. The staff is thoroughly trained on the ideal fitting process and latest footwear technology, and no one at Dave’s works on a footwear sale commission. The sole mission is to fit each individual in what’s right for them and their lifestyle goals.

After getting fitted on your first visit, Dave’s will maintain your purchase history and be able to evaluate initial recommendations to meet your evolving needs and preferences each time you visit—giving your feet exactly what they need to feel good the whole time you’re on them.

Run the 419 with Dave's Running Shop

Runners, get ready to “take your mark” in these exciting community events sponsored by Dave’s Running Shop. For complete event details, please visit davesrunning.com.

River•X Challenge—Virtual

Monday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Maumee River. Run, bike, or run and bike over the distance of the Maumee River, past all 10 of the named tributaries that empty into it to complete the 137-mile River•X Challenge.

The goal of this virtual event is to get you outside and active daily while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Some days you may complete more miles than others, but try to do something each day and submit the results to track.

You can log miles anywhere you want from June 1st to June 30th, and we’ll track you over the course along the Maumee River. Finish your miles at your own pace and publish each leg after you complete it to display in the results and tally at the finish.

Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle

It’s official. The Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle has been rescheduled for Saturday night, June 27, and is still a Guinness World Record, “Largest Kilt Race” (sports kilt), glow-party event. Come to run or walk, but come to have fun and be part of this record-breaking event. When you’re done, join the ongoing street party celebration hosted by the Blarney Irish Pub (*21 & over only). The first 2400 participants to register will receive a custom sport kilt designed specifically for this event. The Blarney Shuffle benefits the Toledo Fire Fighters Local 92 Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.

Runners, get ready to “take your mark” in these exciting community events sponsored by Dave’s Running Shop. For complete event details, please visit davesrunning.com.

River•X Challenge—Virtual

Monday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Maumee River. Run, bike, or run and bike over the distance of the Maumee River, past all 10 of the named tributaries that empty into it to complete the 137-mile River•X Challenge.

The goal of this virtual event is to get you outside and active daily while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Some days you may complete more miles than others, but try to do something each day and submit the results to track.

You can log miles anywhere you want from June 1st to June 30th, and we’ll track you over the course along the Maumee River. Finish your miles at your own pace and publish each leg after you complete it to display in the results and tally at the finish.

Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle

It’s official. The Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle has been rescheduled for Saturday night, June 27, and is still a Guinness World Record, “Largest Kilt Race” (sports kilt), glow-party event. Come to run or walk, but come to have fun and be part of this record-breaking event. When you’re done, join the ongoing street party celebration hosted by the Blarney Irish Pub (*21 & over only). The first 2400 participants to register will receive a custom sport kilt designed specifically for this event. The Blarney Shuffle benefits the Toledo Fire Fighters Local 92 Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.