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Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running – Part 1 – - Health Product Reports
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Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running – Part 1
Choosing the correct running shoe can be daunting task, especially with all the advances in technology. Long gone are days of going to the local sports shop, getting your size, paying for the pair of shoes and hitting the road. These days there are a lot of factors to consider when picking out the right running shoe for yourself. In this, Part 1 of our Choosing The Correct Shoe Type series, I am going to be going over some of the main points that you will need to look at when deciding on a new pair of running shoes.
There are different foot types and movement patterns. Women’s and men’s running shoe technologies differ. It is important to choose the right shoe type for your specific foot type as it will give your feet and lower limbs the best chance of responding positively to the impact of running and it can also go a long way to minimize risk of injury.
When looking at what the appropriate shoe type is for you, it would be a good idea to look at your old shoes. This can give you a lot of clues as to how your feet behave while walking and running. You can do this by placing your old shoes on a table and looking at them directly from the back by looking at the heel. This will reveal two things: either an inward lean or an outward lean.
If your shoes show a slight inward lean you might have a high tendency for increased pronation movements. RunnersWorld.com recommends stability or motion control shoes if the lean quite significant.
You might have a more rigid type of foot if your shoes show a slightly outward lean. This could mean that your have decreased pronations movements. A pair of cushioning or neutral shoes would be the best choice for you in this case. These shoes will promote motion and provide maximum shock absorption.
In some instances there will be no lean at all. You will know this if the shoes are shown to be perpendicular to the surface when conducting the old shoe test. Neutral or cushioning shoes are recommended in this case.
In the case that your shoes show no signs of wear, you have never had any injury problems and you have worn are still using supportive shoes, it usually means that you have found the appropriate shoe type. As a thumb of rule: if you are pain and injury free and your running is going well, you are using the correct shoe type and you should not be looking to change the shoe you are running in.
Check out Part 2 of our series of Choosing the Correct Shoe Type: Running
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