Spring is here and for many people this means getting outdoors to get active. If you are planning on amping up your spring training, beginning a running plan, or just getting out to walk, it's a good idea to make sure you have the proper shoes. Improper shoes can wreak havoc on your joints and leave you feeling sore and dissatisfied with your workout. Below are some tips to choosing your perfect pair.
The first thing to do is find out how your foot pronates. Pronation is the rolling of the foot from the heel to the toe through the foot strike. A proper or neutral pronation is hitting the outside of the heel and up to the ball of the foot evenly across the front. Underpronation occurs when the outside of the foot takes most of the shock. When a person overpronates, their foot rolls too much to the inside.
To figure out your pronation, you can start by looking at your old shoes, particularly the forefoot. If most of the wear is on the inside, then you overpronate and probably need motion control running shoes. If the wear is on the outside, then you underpronate and probably need to choose cushioned running shoes. If the wear is uniform across the front, then you have a neutral stride and probably would be best suited with stability running shoes.
Another way of determining pronation and foot type is the wet test. Wet your feet and stand on a paper bag. After a minute, step off and look at the footprints.
The first footprint shows a low arch/overpronator. This foot would be best suited with a motion control running shoe.
The second footprint shows a normal arch/neutral pronator. This foot would be best suited with a stability running shoe.
The third footprint shows a high arch/underpronator. This foot would be best suited with a cushioned running shoe.
I suggest shopping a a specialty running store to find the shoe that's right for you. Shop late in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest and bring your old shoes with you. Make sure the sales person measures both of your feet. Often, one foot is slightly larger than the other and you should be fitted for the larger foot. Remember to check for adequate room. Your thumb should fit between the end of your toe and the top of the shoe.
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Written by Genie Bianchi