to Your Foot
Types of Shoes
Motion-control shoes do exactly what they
say they do. These shoes are designed to prevent the foot from rolling
inward. This is accomplished by using different materials or placing
devices in the sole of the shoe. If you overpronate-that is, if
your foot rolls inward too much-a motion-control shoe can help.
These shoes tend to be rather stiff and generally don't have much
cushioning. Runners with flat feet often do well in motion-control
Stability shoes have more cushioning than
motion-control shoes but are still designed to prevent excessive
pronation. These shoes usually provide support for the inner (medial)
part of the foot. Runners with normal feet, or those who pronate
just a little too much, do well in stability shoes.
Cushioned shoes feel the softest when you
run. They may feel so wonderful that you think you are running on
clouds, but they provide little or no support and don't control
foot motion at all. These shoes work best for the biomechanically
blessed runner who does not overpronate or oversupinate.
Unfortunately, the very softness of cushioned shoes
can lead to problems. If the foot rolls inward or outward too much,
a cushioned shoe won't do anything to prevent the excessive roll.
Even though they feel great at first, shoes that are too soft can
lead to pain in the knees as your joints struggle to keep the foot
from rolling inward or outward.
Since so few runners supinate, or roll to the outside
of the foot, there aren't nearly as many shoe choices for this type
of foot. If you supinate, you will want to avoid shoes designed
to prevent the foot from rolling in, because they will just make
your problem worse. Look for shoes that enhance the foot's natural
tendency to roll inward.
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