It’s important that you wear proper running shoes for your foot type. Just like any other article of clothing. You wouldn’t wear “Slim Cut” if you’re “Husky” or “Petite” if you’re “Tall”. This simple detail will help prevent shin splints, knee, hip, and back pain. Go to a local running specialty store to determine what shoe type you should be wearing. This truly is the best way to determine your shoe needs.
You can also examine your feet at home by wetting your feet and walking outside on the dry concrete. Then, look at your footprints and determine your foot type using the following guidelines:
Flat foot- Your foot has no arch indicated by the complete wet foot print, including the area between your heel to your big toe. This is due to over pronation (inward roll of the foot). You should look for “motion control” or “stability” shoes.
High Arched Foot- Your foot has a high arch indicated by the very narrow pattern centered at the outer edge of your footprint. This is caused by the under pronation of your foot (rolling outwards) also known as supination. You should be looking for a “flexible” or “cushioned” shoe.
Neutral or Normal Foot- Your wet footprint is somewhere in between the two extremes. Most people have these “normal feet” and can wear just about any shoe without developing injury.
Either way, I highly recommend having a running shoe expert look at your feet to determine your shoe type. Having them take a look at your feet can go a long way… pun intended!
If you begin to develop pain in your shins, knees, or hips, chances are, you’re running in the wrong shoe. So, stop doing that!!! If you feel any pain, take a few days off from running, and if the pain continues see a doctor.
Take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you!