“The Right Run” is a series of 6 articles, spaced across 2 weeks-
- Foot & Footwear
- Incorrect vs Correct
- Common Injuries
- Your Action Plan
- A few Exercises
- Barefoot vs. Shoe
Running puts a lot of stress on the feet and for this reason runners should choose a pair of running shoes that is comfortable and provides the best support for their feet. When choosing the best running shoes it is important to keep in mind that there are different types of feet and different types of shoes.
Types of Running Shoes
Stability Running Shoes– If you are an over-pronator, the best running shoes for you are stability shoes. Over-pronation is when your ankle rolls inward too much whenwalking or running. It can strain your ankles and lead to injuries. Stability shoes provide extra support to prevent or minimize over-pronation.
Motion Control Running Shoes– Motion control shoes are stability shoes specially designed for severe overpronators. They have a special sole unit and upper construction that help lock your foot in position.
Neutral Cushioning Running Shoes– Cushioned running shoes are designed for “efficient” runners, or runners with normal pronation as well as those with high arches and mild under-pronation or supination. This type of running shoe provides cushioning to distribute the body weight over the entire length and width of the foot. The midsole is typically soft and flexible, providing medium support under the arch. Neutral-cushioned shoes are usually lighter than other types of running shoes and are great for long distance runs.
Minimalist Running Shoes– Minimalist models represent the latest trend in running shoes. This type of running shoe is extremely lightweight and typically have a flat out-sole, no visible arch depression, and no mid-foot structure. A growing number of runners have embraced minimalist or barefoot running because it is said to improve your running form.
There’s no single ‘best shoe’ – everyone has different needs. All sorts of things – your biomechanics, your weight, the surfaces you run on, and obviously, the shape of your feet – mean that one person’s ideal shoe can be terrible for another person.
The first step in finding your basic shoe needs is to try the ‘Wet Test‘.
Keep in mind that the best running shoe is different for every person. Find out what type of running shoe is suitable for your feet.
Method of tying of laces also is as important as the shoes you select…
We have seen about shoes, now lets see about the types of Socks. The next time your out shopping for socks look out for characteristics like:
- Flat Toe Seam
- Breathable fabric
- Anti Slip Wedge
- Cushioned Heel & Toe Box
- ‘Y’ Heel
- Arch Band
Now that we have the correct footwear we will next see the biomechanics for running…the incorrect & the correct!
LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEXT ARTICLE…THE RIGHT RUN- BIOMECHANICS!