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Questions on Shoe Fit from Beginner to Advanced: Impact of Length, Insoles, and Matching Pathologies
Doctors of Running Podcast, Episode 173

Happy New Year runners! While we're excited for 2024, we still have lots about 2023 to talk about with this week's podcast. Senior Contributor Nathan Brown shares his favorite shoes of the past year (along with those that didn't quite work out) and discusses working through an injury that's greatly slowed his running journey as of late. Learn how he's dealt with the injury and get a few tips on how he came to choose the best footwear for him based on his needs.


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0:00 - Intro 
1:23 - How long should running shoes fit on your feet? 
3:38 - Challenges to finding shoes that fit well 
6:47 - How length can impact the way a shoe feels on the run 
9:12 - Matching a shoe's length and geometry with your biomechanics 
10:54 - Problems caused by a shoe that's too short 
16:22 - How a shoe is supposed to fit 
18:34 - Matching insoles and shoe fit 
19:42 - Considerations for trail running shoes 
24:13 - Shoe fit for those with specific pathologies 
30:11 - Wrap-up

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