Running Shoe Doctor
There are hundreds of bloggers out there with information about running shoes, running form and all things running, so why should you read what I have to say?
My name is Timothy Karthas, and I’m a podiatric surgeon practicing in the Boston area with experience treating countless runners and athletes of nearly every sport. Just as important, I’m also a runner. I grew up in a family of runners and have been competing in the sport since I was 10. When I was 14, my dad and my brother set up a competition to see who could go the most days in a row without missing a day of running and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve run over a dozen marathons since my addiction began and I probably have more miles on my legs than many cars. Through all of these miles, and many changes in shoe gear and type, I’ve developed a collection and love for running shoes (just ask my wife) and everything else running.
There's nothing more rewarding than helping other runners get back on the road, so i created this blog to help reach even more people. Keep in mind that I'm not a professional blogger by any means, and I'm actually pretty terrible with technology. As a result, this site is never going to look exactly how I want it to but I'm trying my best. I'd love any feedback or advice.
What I don’t plan on doing is recommending any one specific running shoe for any one person or problem. I believe that for injured runners there are at least a half dozen shoes that will work well, and for uninjured runners there are probably three dozen. I have no specific brand loyalties or current associations. I mainly train in a pair of New Balance shoes right now, but my racing shoes are Nike and my walking and standing shoes are Hoka and Mizuno. I also use or have used Saucony, Asics, Brooks, Altra, Puma and Adidas shoes. Instead of one shoe, I usually give my patients a list of 8-10 shoes that I think will work well for them, though I don’t tell them that my lists are all inclusive. After all, I don’t know about every single shoe that’s in the market and I certainly haven’t had the time to test every shoe out there, although I really wish that I did.
In addition to my own experiences, I also draw upon the experience of my father, who I’m proud to say has run over 100 marathons without any significant running related injuries, despite having an ugly gait and some of the worst flat feet I’ve ever seen.