Runners depend strongly on the shoes they wear to help them run efficiently, effectively, and safely. But it’s not enough to simply go out and buy a pair of running shoes, because they may not work well with your specific foot type. Three categories of running shoes are motion control shoes, stability shoes, and neutral or cushioned shoes. If you have no discernible foot problems, comfort is key. The best choice for normal feet is likely to be a stability shoe, which will provide both adequate motion control and cushioning. High arched feet have a narrow band between the forefoot and heel, reducing natural shock absorption with each step. Therefore, experts suggest wearing cushioned running shoes. For the runner who has flat feet, a high-stability or motion-control shoe is believed to be most beneficial. Harder and stiffer midsoles lessen the chance of the foot rolling inward. If you are unsure about which running shoe is best for your foot type, please consult a podiatrist who can examine your feet and offer guidance.
If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.
- Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
- Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
- Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.