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HEALTH

NEWS

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Running Shoes

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If you are wondering what type of running shoe is best for you, there are a lot of factors to consider:

  • How active are you?
  • What sport/activity do you participate in the most?
  • What is the structure of your foot? (ex. high or low arches)

 

For the best type of running shoe, go to a specialty running shoe store or be evaluated by a physical therapist. There are a lot of factors that make up the structure of a shoe. Here is a rough guideline on the different types of running shoes.

 

Neutral

  • “Standard” running shoe

Stability

  • Stiffer than neutral shoes - more supportive
  • For over-pronator or low or flat arches
  • Have medial post on inside arch - hard, dense foam from the middle arch to back of heel

Guidance

  • Similar to stability - have medial post, but generally less support and shorter post
  • More for only moderately low arches, or mild overpronation

Motion Control

  • Heavy, dense shoes that don’t allow any movement inwards or outwards
  • Long, heavy medial post and are very stiff
  • Made for those who have no arch and need lots of support - generally not recommended

Minimalist

  • Supposed to mimic running barefoot
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Pronation:“Flat Foot” - a necessary component of normal running biomechanics, facilitating shock absorption and stabilization. But too much or too little will alter gait mechanics and can lead to injury.

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ProAction Pointers

  • If you are having foot, knee or hip pain, it might be best to go to a physical therapist or foot specialist (podiatrist) to determine if there is something structural or mechanical that could be contributing to your pain.


  • The best way to determine what shoe is right for you is to go to a specialty running shoe store to have a specific type of shoe fitted for you.


  • When it comes down to it, comfort matters the most! Find a shoe that meets your needs, but also go by what feels best for you!

 

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For more information about ProAction Physical Therapy, please visit our website at www.ProActionPT.com or email us at

info@ProActionPT.com.