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May 15, 2017

3 Tips to Selecting Shoes that are Good for Overpronation

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Pronation often occurs to people who are usually walking and running, especially runners and athletes. It is defined as a condition where the weight of the heel is transferred to the forefoot. The foot naturally rolls and flattens inwards when one is walking and running excessively.

Oftentimes, overpronation of the foot is characterized as an injury but it is not. The fact is people who have overpronation are more at risk of having injuries.

Runners mostly know this dilemma. A runner with overpronation may experience internal rolling of lower leg, knee and in the thigh area with complete exaggeration. This causes the muscles to have stress in the tendon and ligaments located in the foot. Aside from this, the lower leg, as well as the shin and the knee, rotate too.

Some of the sports injuries that can occur are Achilles tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis, Patellofemoral pain syndrome, Shin splints, Bunions (Hallux valgus), Tarsal tunnel syndrome, and Anterior compartment syndrome.

But the good thing is overpronation of the feet can be addressed properly. While you are at it, you may choose a pair of supportive footwear you may use during running.

Here are some tips you can consider when you are buying shoes for overpronation.

1. Consult your therapist
Before purchasing shoes, check with your sports therapist about the pronation of your foot. If it is confirmed that you have overpronation, he will then advise you on what type of shoes you should be getting. Your physician can also give you the go signal of inserting an orthotic device, if and when you underwent a gait analysis. Orthotic devices can be bought in sports stores.
Also do research on your own on shoes and make sure they have good reviews so you have an idea of the one that is suited for you.

2. Shoes with motion control
A pair which gives stiffer support on the heels and has wider and flatter outsoles is best for overpronation, especially when the condition is severe. While shoes with motion control improve running performance, it highlights more on giving an excellent ride with stability. Shoes with motion control also give premium cushioning technology while easing the stress in the quadriceps.

3. Know the features of the sole
It is best to check out the features of a shoe's’ upper, midsole, and outsole. Uppers should have more breathability with a thermoplastic polyurethane material which gives more stability and durability. Midsole, meanwhile, should have harder materials like Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) that helps in decreasing overpronation.

A harder midsole shall help in compressing less under load and supporting the foot to prevent rolling or flattening. Though it may be a littler heavier, a stiff midsole will improve the torsional rigidity and stability when running. Choosing the right kind of shoes for overpronation is important. It should be addressed immediately to prevent from susceptible sports injuries while running or even walking.

Get your correct fit and size and do not be afraid to try out brands which suit your needs.

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