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Best shoes for Women with patellar tendinitis who land on the middle of their foot

From Chi-Running to natural running, many run coaches have been touting the benefit of midfoot running over the past decade. Midfoot running means landing on the center of your foot--not the front (forefoot) or back (heel). Many advocates say this is the natural way to run, and the way humans would be running if our stride wasn't corrupted by hard pavement and clunky shoes. However, because not all running shoes tailor to midfoot runners, people who land in the middle of their foot have to find the right shoe meant for this type of stride.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Heel to toe drop
  • How lightweight yet cushioned it is
  • Light

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis and IT band syndrome.

Saucony Zealot ISO

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Support
  • Solid cushioning and great support
  • Comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It fits well... At least the 3 and 5. The others had too big of a toe box.
  • light weight, connection with ground
  • Doesn't get in my way + has enough support. Just right!

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's comfort and breathability
  • The wave plate in the sole
  • Consistency

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The flexibility
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Stability & comfort
  • Very comfortable, stable, neutral
  • The cushioning in the shoe.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort and support
  • Its structure; sturdy enough to give plenty of support and cushion without feeling like I'm running on marshmallows
  • I can wear it anywhere!

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion heel and fit
  • Feels light and supportive! And I like the colors!
  • cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis and plantar fascitis.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The ride
  • Roomy toe box
  • Soft, comfortable and very cool looking

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Its durability
  • Lots of cushion
  • comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and IT band syndrome.

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

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