Thinking of buying some new running shoes for the new year?
First, you may want to consider the way your foot lands when walking/running. Basic (light) pronation is natural and normal because it helps absorb impact, relieving pressure on knees and joints. However, If you overpronate - which is an exaggerated form of the foot's natural inward roll following a heel strike - it can usually result in knee pain/injury. If you supinate - which is an outward rolling of the foot - it can result in insufficient impact reduction at landing.
Here are some quick tips!
- If running/walking/hiking on irregular surface or roads...choose a shoe that offers corresponding energy-absorption or support.
- The rougher your route, the more support you'll want. Trail runners have the most support.
- Your foot should feel comfortable with no heel slip.
- The space between your longest toe and front of the shoe should be about the width of your index finger.
- If you are a light pronater or supinator: Buy a shoe that has cushioning.
- if you have mild to moderate overpronation: Buy a stability shoe.
- If you have moderate to severe overpronation: Buy a motion control shoe.
- If you have a normal foot strike: You can buy a cushioning shoe or a stability shoe.
I hope some of these tips help with keeping your feet happy and knees healthy! Happy Shoe Hunting!
Some store suggestions that can offer more individualized help:
In the Seattle area:
South Sound Running, Super Jock n' Jill, and Foot Zone
In the North Vancouver area:
North Shore Athletics
Please let me know if you have questions.