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For sufferers of overpronation, any exercise – including running – can lead to serious discomfort and pain. Overpronation is a term used to describe the inward roll of an individual’s foot as they run. The condition can result in pain being experienced in the feet, ankles, knees, and sometimes the back. The good news is that it can be managed, and stability running shoes can make a big difference to those who suffer from this condition.
If you suspect you may suffer from overpronation, a simple test called the wet test can be performed to confirm this. The wet test is relatively easy to carry out and involves an individual wetting their feet and standing flat on a piece of paper. After stepping off the paper, you’ll be able to see a clear imprint of your foot shape. Imprints can be divided into three catagories:
Those with flat feet will see an imprint that is fairly uniform in width, while those with raised arches will feature footprints that cut in at the arch. Normal feet will be a combination of both of these. Those who have flat feet are the ones who may suffer from overpronation. Fortunately, the inward rolling motion can be combated with stability running shoes that feature arch support, have harder material in the sole under the arch, and include a big toe area.
Arch support is certainly something to look for in a running shoe if overpronation is identified. Stability running shoes in general provide good arch support, with a supportive wedge used to compensate for an individual’s naturally missing arch. The size and degree of the arch support can vary, so it’s wise to try on a number of pairs of shoes before buying to ensure you get the best fit. Stability running shoes with exceptional arch support can be found at most specialist sports shoe stores.
Most stability running shoes possess harder material in the sole directly under the arch and the big toe, while the centre of the shoe will most likely be made out of rubber that can provide a good amount of cushioning. The aforementioned features of stability running shoes help to alleviate the symptoms associated with overpronation. Most specialist shoe stores will stock a range of suitable shoes and will also have staff members on hand that can answer any questions you may have in regards to stability running shoes and overpronation
By using stability running shoes that feature arch support and hard material in the sole, the inward rolling motion that occurs naturally in people with flat feet can be effectively combated. The exact type of stability running shoe that you choose will come down to the severity of the condition you suffer from, so it’s wise to discuss running shoe options with an in-store expert or podiatrist before making a purchase.