Before you buy your running shoes, make sure you know what type of feet you have first. Learn Your Foot Type.
Determining your foot type will help you find the appropriate running shoes for your feet. Foot types are based on your arches’ height. In order to find out what your feet’s type is, you first need to take a ‘wet test’.
Steps for wet testing
- First, get a shopping bag. After that, pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan.
- Use the water from the pan to wet the sole of your right foot.
- Take the shopping bag and step onto it.
- After stepping onto the bag, step off and look down.
Possible results upon testing your foot
Normal or Medium Arch
Your foot type is normal or medium if you can see about half of your arch. This is the most common type of foot. It is considered as a ‘normal pronator’. If you have a normal arch, you can practically wear any shoe.
Flat or Low Arch
If you see your entire footprint, it means that you have a flat or low arch. This foot type is considered over-pronator. You are most likely to strike your feet inward which results in excessive foot motion.
Make sure you buy shoes that provide a greater stability or have dual-density midsoles. These will support your feet from rolling inward too far.
You have a high arch if you see only your heel. You are a so called supinator or under-pronator. You are more likely to receive an impacting jolt that travels up your legs because the arch does not absorb the weight.
For these types of feet, you need to get neutral-cushioned shoes. The soft midsole helps prevent pronation.
Buy your running shoes
Before you buy your running shoes, make sure you know what type of feet you have first. That way, you can protect your feet from getting injured while running.
What is your personal experience of your foot type?
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