For auld lang syne! If you are like most people, you have at least considered resolutions you might make for 2015. For many individuals, these resolutions will be centered on making healthier lifestyle choices. Eating better, quitting smoking, and losing weight are popular ones, but none seem to be as prominent as the decision to start working out. This is an intelligent decision, as new benefits of exercise are continually being discovered. Whether you take to the track or the treadmill, it is important that you have running shoes that fit your personal pronation style.
Pronation is a biomechanical act that enables your body to absorb the shock of your body weight with every step you take. This takes place when your heel hits the ground and your foot rolls inward to distribute the force of impact. Not everyone’s pronation is the same, and this is partly dictated by the arch of your foot. If you have a naturally high arch, you most likely underpronate, or supinate. If you have flat feet or a low arch, overpronation would be your running style.
For those who supinate, you should find running shoes that offer plenty of cushioning, since you are more likely to develop shock-related injuries. Overpronators need shoes that offer maximum support and structure, especially with regard to motion control. These shoes will provide rearfoot control and extra support on the medial, or arch, side of the foot. The best thing you can do when buying your footwear is to go to a store that specifically caters to runners. The sales staff at these stores are knowledgeable and will steer you in the right direction.
Buying the right type of running shoes will go a long way toward avoiding foot and ankle problems that can arise from running, but you may still face issues. If so, it is likely that you would benefit from the use of orthotics (the prescribed inserts we customize just for you—not the mass-produced ones found in retail stores).
If your new exercise routine is causing problems for your feet or ankles, come in and see Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle at either our Spring Hill or Hudson, FL, locations. You can make an appointment by calling (352) 683-5799 for Spring Hill or (727) 868-2128 for Bayonet Point.
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