How can the right shoes prevent running injuries?

Don’t underestimate the importance of proper running shoes, especially for marathon runners, in preventing running injuries. An estimated 15% to 20% of running injuries involve the feet. Plantar fasciitis -- small tears or inflammation of the tendons and ligaments from heel to toes -- is usually the number-one foot complaint among runners. Runners with very high or very low arches are more vulnerable, so the properly fitted running shoes are vital for distance athletes.

There is no single shoe that is best for runners. You should find one that best supports and fits your unique feet.

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