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How to Determine Your Foot Type for Running Shoes

Podiatry Group of Georgia explains how to purchase the correct type of running shoes.  Initially, one should determine what kind of feet you have.  To determine this, you can go to a store that specializes in running shoe apparel or you can pursue it on your own.  One way is to scrutinize your footprint by either running in the sand or on paper with wet feet.

To begin with, there are three types of feet.

Shoes for Flat Feet

Flat feet is when you look at your feet and do not notice any type if arch. From your toes to your heel on the bottom is entirely flat. In other words, an inward curve is not visible from your big toe to your heel.  Being flat-footed translates into being an overpronator in that your feet roll inward when you run. To compensate for this, this type of runner requires shoes that provide stability and some need custom made shoes (orthotics).

Shoes for High-arched Feet

High-arched feet is when you notice a high and definite arch on your foot. On your print test, it will curve inward causing the middle part of your foot to appear skinny. Also, if you apply pressure against the bottom of your foot, your arch will stay rigid. Having high-arched feet means that this person supinates or underpronate which causes your feet to roll outwards when you run. Over time the arches will collapse somewhat with runners making their feet longer. This type of runner requires flexible running shoes with a soft midsole so as to absorb shock.

Running Shoes for Normal Feet

If you have normal feet which are neither flat-footed nor high-arched, you will notice a curve inward but not exceeding ¾ of an inch. When purchasing shoes, there is an extensive variety but stay away from running shoes that have excessive stability or motion control.

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