running biomechanicsJill Barker of Montreal Gazette has recently written about the deep split in the running community on choosing the right running shoe. David Pearsall, a professor of biomechanics in the kinesiology and physical education department at McGill University writes that, “…we’re in a muddy area when it comes to choosing shoes.”

The debate all comes down to two sides; those who believe that no amount of technical correction in running form can fix a stride (and so believe that being closer to no shoe is better than overcompensating) and those that believe the right technology in a shoe can help reduce injuries and fix the stride.

When choosing a running shoe, be sure to be aware of just what kind of footwear you purchase. For expert assistance in a hotly debated topic, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can help you identify your foot type and assist you in deciding what footwear is best for you.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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