Choosing the right running shoe is so important. For casual runs or for competitive meets you need to know how your foot works to see what kind of support your foot needs. This is so important to offer the maximum comfort and cushioning and what support your foot needs as alot of feet differ in this way. An easy test can determine what kind of shoe you need.
A simple 4 step procedure can offer the vital imformation to guide you in what footwear is best for runners and more importantly to see how your feet act hen running and walking. Observe the print that your foot makes on the paper and check the guide below to see which foot type you are.
The most common type of footprint. Also known as a mornal or medium arch. If you see about half of your arch, you have the most common foot type and are considered a normal pronator. When the arch collapses inward, this "pronation" absorbs shock. As a normal pronator, you can wear just about any shoe but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support as the foot naturally offers shock absorbsion with the way that the arch supports the foot. and not as much shock absorbsion is needed as is generated naturally.. Lightweight runners with normal arches may prefer neutral-cushioned shoes without any added support, or even a performance-training shoe that offers some support but less heft, for a faster feel.
One of the least common types of footprint, this print means that you are a Under Pronator or suprinator. This means that due to the high arch in the foot which can result in too much shock traveling up your legs as your arch does not collapse and give way for the shock to be absorbed. Due to this underpronators are best suited to neutral running trainers that have more cushioning with a softer midsole to encourage pronation. It's vital that an underpronator's shoes have no added stability devices to reduce or control pronation, as this will not result in the foot being able to absorb the shock when the foot makes contact with the floor underneath.
Hope you enjoyed our little insight into how to check for the correct footwear when running. Why not check out our Mens & Womens Running Shoe ranges for a wide range of Neutral and stability footwear from top running brands Nike, Adidas & Asics..
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