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Foot Arch Types and Gait

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

There are several different types of running shoes, and it can help to determine what type of running will be done before they are purchased. There are two important things to look for when considering buying running shoes. Comfort and stability as the foot lies in and moves through the shoe is one thing, and having adequate shock absorption is another. Additionally, it is beneficial the shoes can provide enough flexibility while having the proper amount of support, which can ultimately improve running performance. Experienced runners know the importance of determining what type of foot arch they have, in addition to knowing what their gait, or walking style is. The arches are categorized into three types, consisting of normal, high and low. Having a gait assessment is helpful in choosing the right type of running shoes, which can include motion control, stability, or neutral cushioning. If you would like more information about how to choose the right running shoe, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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