Analyzing the Roll of the Foot is Beneficial in Making Proper Running Shoes

Mud flies off a competitor's shoes as he runs out of an obstacle during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont July 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica RinaldiExperts like Dorene Internicola of Reuters, say that examining the ways in which the foot rolls is a good practice among health and therapeutic professionals, trusting it will lead to improved shoe fit and scarcer injuries. Fitness specialistshave continuously cautioned clients to choose a running shoe centered on their roll or pronation not by their appearance.

At Jack Rabbit Sports store in New York City, clients’ arches are observed before they hit the treadmill and monitored for pronating.  "The basic premise is that most people land on their heel (and) overpronate or underpronate," said Johanna Bjorken, the store's merchandise director. "These causes running injuries and shoes can address this. This has been the model."

When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

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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