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 break down 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 Performance Footgear. For more information on any event, including any associated costs/fees, please visit davesrunning.com

X&A 5K

Thursday, August 6 to Thursday, August 13, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this race is now virtual only. This is a just-for-fun race. We encourage you to complete the virtual run/walk and post your start and finish pictures to social media using #X&A5K. No awards will be distributed this year. The Village of Deshler has created a new 5K course, which will be posted at the Deshler Reservoir (located across from the Deshler American Legion, 505 South Stearns Ave., Deshler, Ohio). Feel free to use this course, last year’s course, or a course of your own choice to run/walk in memory of Xavier and Aidan Wensink. 

Jeep 4-Miler Virtual Event

The Toledo Jeep Fest Board of Directors unanimously decided to cancel the in-person weekend event scheduled for Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, in and around downtown Toledo. However, we are still offering Jeep enthusiasts from around the country an option to run, walk, or cruise virtually this year. Toledo Jeep Fest will return in 2021 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Jeep in Toledo.

Dave’s Training – Fall 2020

Monday, August 10 through Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5700 Monroe St., Sylvania, Ohio. See davesrunning.com for details.

Virtual CASA Be a Hero 5K

Saturday, August 15 to Saturday, August 22, 2020. Participate from anywhere! Complete a 5k run or walk anytime between 8/15 and 8/22. We will send instructions on how to submit times (you can also select an untimed option). Because we have gone virtual, we will be using the honor system with timing and awards will not be offered to age group or overall winners.

THS Bark in the Park Virtual Run

Our annual 10K run, 5K run, and 1-mile leisure walk are going digital, which means you can join the fun at any time! Walk, jog, or run on your own time throughout the month of August, and record your time on our virtual platform. See davesrunning.com for more details.

Toledo Zoo Dart Frog Dash

Toledo Zoo’s Dart Frog Dash is going virtual! Choose your own time and course and run or walk. It’s fitness fun for the whole family! Don’t worry, you still get the swag and remain a proud supporter of the Toledo Zoo too!  For details, visit toledozoo.org/dartfrog or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091.