Foot Health Assessment

Foot Health Assessment for Runners

You might be ready to run, but are your feet?

Are your feet at risk of pain or injury? Research from The Running Injury Clinic shows that 50% of runners experience injuries each year. We don’t want you to be part of that statistic.

Find out whether you’re prepared to run from this quick true-or-false quiz, brought to you by FootSmart in partnership with The Running Injury Clinic.

  1. If your shoes don’t fit your feet properly, you’re more likely to get a running injury.
    True. As a runner, your shoes are among your most important equipment for your feet. And, getting the perfect fit might require arch supports, insoles, heel cushions, or other accessories. To improve the fit of your shoes, try our interactive guide Refine Your Shoe Fit.
  2. If you feel an injury coming on in your feet or lower body, you should run through it as hard as you can. No pain, no gain.
    False. First and foremost, you should rest the injury and investigate what’s causing it. An injury will not go away on its own. To learn more about common injuries and their possible causes, see our guide Healthy Running 101. As you rest your injury, your doctor might advise using compression or hot / cold therapy products. As you recover from an injury and start to run again, your doctor might advise using braces and stretching devices.
  3. Pain or injury in your feet can lead to pain or injury in your lower body and, eventually, pain or injury in your back.
    True. If you take care of your feet when you run now, you help reduce the chance that you’ll have problems with your lower body and back later.
  4. Running shoes make a big difference to keeping your feet healthy, but socks don't.
    False. Socks prevent rubbing, or friction, between your feet and your shoes. When you have the right running socks, you reduce your chance of getting painful blisters, calluses, and corns. (Suffering any of those conditions now? You can treat them to get back on your feet.)
  5. The way you run—your stride, where you land on your feet, and your general technique—does not make much difference to your risk of injury.
    False. The wrong running technique puts you at risk of getting an injury. For example, it’s best for your feet to land mid-sole rather than on the ball or heel of your foot.
  6. Running on really hard surfaces, such as concrete, or with a few extra pounds on your body increases your chance of pain or injury.
    True. Hard surfaces and extra weight put a lot of stress on your feet and lower body, which puts you at risk for impact injuries such as painful shin splints. Try to run on surfaces that absorb more impact, such as trails or running tracks. And, if you’re overweight, ease your way into a running routine, then intensify your routine as you lose extra pounds.

Did you get most of these questions right?

Learn more from our guide Healthy Running 101, and stop by The Running Shop for the shoes, accessories, and health products you need to stay on your feet.

Then congratulations, you're ready to run!

If not, then we hope you learned a thing or two that will make you more prepared. At FootSmart, we want you to stay on your feet, not become sidelined by pain or injury!