Corrective Running Shoes are based on a Myth

Usain BoltNew research suggests that regular shoes work just as good for runners with under and over-pronating feet. A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that ordinary shoes hold similar functions for runners regardless of how they pronate.

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark gave 927 novice runners with different pronation types the same pair of neutral non corrective running shoes. After one year of 100,000 miles of running, 252 of the new runners suffered injuries. Results, showed that the over/under pronators had fewer injuries than the people with neutral pronation.

While the creation of this product hopes to help prevent injury, injuries may still occur.  If you have sustained an injury while running or wish to learn more about how to prevent running injuries you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry.  Dr. Greenfield can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

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.

Over-pronators

those people who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs. This can cause a series of injuries: of the knees, ankles and Achilles tendons. Finding a shoe with extra stability and control is vital to well-balanced walking and overall foot health.

Under-pronation

is less common than over-pronation. This usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. When the feet land, they are unable to roll inward. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions.  This can often lead to fractures, ligament tears and muscle strains. Under-pronations need shoes with increase in cushion and flexibility.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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