Do I have the right running shoes?
There are mainly 3 different types of feet that will affect the choice of your running shoes. Some variables such as personal biomechanics, body weight and weekly mileage can also have an influence on the personal
preferences for shoes. There seems to be a common agreed principle establishing that knowing your foot type is the first step to find the most appropriate footwear. Here are some characteristics of the different types of feet and the features that
you should look for in running shoes.
Neutral foot with medium arch
Neutral foot is the least susceptible to injury and is the most common type of foot. The foot print of this kind will have a noticeable curve inward, but not by more than 3/4 of an inch. They are also considered a normal pronator. Contrary to popular belief, pronation is a good thing. When the arch collapses inward, this "pronation" absorbs shock.. As far as running shoes, someone with neutral foot has the widest selection available..As long as you pick a
running shoe that doesn't counteract your foot type, you should not encounter any problems. You can look for running shoes made for neutral runners and avoid shoes with a lot of stability or motion
Foot with high arch
You should be able to easily determine if you have high arches. On your footprint, you will find a curve inward, making the middle part of your foot look very skinny. Also, if you push your hand against the bottom of your foot, your arch will stay rigid. High arch foot will need flexible running shoes with a soft midsole that
absorbs shock and encourage pronation of the foot. It is important not to choose shoes who have added stability devices to reduce or control pronation. It's vital that an underpronator's shoes have no added stability devices to reduce or control pronation, the way a stability or motion-control shoe would.
Foot with flat foot and low arch
If you are looking at your foot, you will know you have flat feet if you don't see any arch. The bottom of your foot, from your toes to your heel, is completely flat. Your footprint will look like a
foot-shaped blob because your arch collapses inward too much. For that type of foot, you will need a running shoe that maintains your stability to prevent risk of injuries. You will need shoes with stability to reduce the motion of your foot. You should look for the words "motion control" and "stability" on the box of running shoes. Flat-foot needs
support in order to prevent running injuries.