When choosing any shoes (especially for running), the crucial thing to consider is your foot type. After all, you want shoes catered to how your feet are shaped for comfort and better runs. However, how will you know what your foot type is and what the recommended running shoes are for it?
Read on as I show you everything to learn about your foot type and how to test it!
Why Do You Need to Know Your Foot Type?
Wait a second, don’t you just need to know your foot size when choosing the right shoes? While that may be an easy and quick way to buy shoes, it’s definitely not the most efficient. After all, your shoes can make or break your runs, which is why you need to ensure that you look at every aspect of your feet to determine which suits you best.
That’s where your foot type comes along, which is our feet’s individual shapes. Through determining how your feet are shaped, it will gee more of a snug, improved fit with the right shoes.
Not only does it help with your feet’s overall comfort when wearing shoes. It can also help improve your walks or runs, as well as reduce pain, prevent injuries, and have you understand more of how you run.
Three Main Foot Types
While we have individual feet shapes, there are three major foot types that many of us have. Here’s a list of what they are and what to expect from it:
Neutral or Normal Arch
The neutral arch is the most common foot type everyone has. This is because it’s your normal foot shape, with up to 60% of people having this arch type.
You identify this arch with only slight pronation, with the foot landing on the outside of your heels. It then rolls inward to support your body weight, reducing shock impact.
Runners with neutral feet have normal arches and centralized balance. There aren’t as many risks compared to severe cases of low or high arches, though there’s still chances of injury if you overtrain, use the wrong-fitting shoes, or run with bad form.
The Flat Feet
Up to 20% of people have flat feet, making it the second common foot type. This is also known as overpronation, with one’s feet rolling inward TOO much as they strike their feet. Because of overpronation, it can cause some problems and needs more support for better weight redistribution.
This happens when your heel’s outer side would strike the terrain first with an increased angle without normal pronation. This causes shock and stress around the lower limbs, affecting your hips, knees, or shins. Those with flat feet are more prone to common feet issues and injuries, which is why supportive and stabilized shoes will help prevent that.
The High-Arched Feet
This is the least common, as less than 20% of people have this foot type. This with high arches has underpronation, which are rigid arches which don’t collapse enough. As a result, they can’t absorb shock as well as the other foot types.
This happens when there is outward rolling of your feet after the foot strike, which wouldn’t give you enough impact absorption and weight distribution. Just like overpronators, people with high arches are more prone to feet conditions like heel pain of plantar fasciitis.
Choose the Right Shoes For Your Foot Type
If you are wondering what the best shoes are for each foot type (specifically for running), here’s a short and helpful guide:
For Normal Arches
What’s great about having “normal” feet is that you can choose just about any shoe type! BUT, make sure that you choose something that still provides a combination of comfort and support.
It should still be well-cushioned and with adequate support to relieve pain and prevent any common running injuries. Remember, just because you have normal arches doesn’t exempt you from running injuries so take care of your feet well!
For Flat Feet
For those who overpronate, you’ll require shoes which maintain stability as you walk or run. This is when stability or motion control shoes are extremely helpful.
Stability shoes would stabilize your stride, giving support to your get and reduce any common flat foot injuries. Motion control shoes are stiff, though are best for more serious cases of flat feet.
For High Arches
If you have high-arched feet, experts recommend flexible shoes with enough cushion. They should also have the excellent arch support and soft midsole, which would take off the stress from your lower limbs. This can reduce pain and prevent injury, especially to your feet.
If your high arches are serious, then your doctor will prescribe customized orthotics, which fill in the arch cavity for shock absorption, better alignment and good cushioning.
If you want to learn more about finding the right shoes for your foot type, check out this informative video:
How to Find Out Your Foot Type
Now that you know about the different types of feet, how will you know what yours is? While you can have it checked by a professional, a quick and inexpensive way to check it is through these two ways:
With this method, you just need to wet your foot’s sole and step on a blank paper. The results can show if you’re neutral, overpronating, or under-pronating.
Wear and Tear Patterns
When using this method, simply check the wear pattern of any of your old shoes. Flip the shoe over and assess the outsole. This helps you see how your feet land, showing if it’s over/under-pronating, or neutral.
But again, remember that these aren’t the most accurate and I recommend having them checked!
Wrapping It Up
I hope this article all about foot types helped you find the right shoes you need. So don’t wait any longer and utilize these tips for work, running, or walks today.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and knowledge on your foot type, do comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!