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How To Choose The Best Running Shoes
How To Choose The Best Running Shoes
Although running barefoot was the preference of many running legends, it
can’t be denied that running shoe is your most important equipment as a
runner. It acts as your first line of defense against any danger and injury,
while helping you achieve your fullest potential. But because running shoes
greatly affect your performance, choosing the best pair should be a careful
process. To help you, here are a few buying tips.
1. Know your foot type. There are three types: neutral-arched, mid-arched
(overpronators), and high-arched (underpronators). One way of identifying
your foot type is by checking your footprint. A neutral-arched foot shows a
distinct curve along the inside of the foot, which connects the heel and the
toe. This type of foot pronates normally, meaning that when the foot lands,
the outside of the feet rolls inwardly in order to absorb shock. The
mid-ached foot, in comparison, rolls far too inward so that the print shows a
slight curve along the outside of the foot.
Mid-arched foot print looks almost like an entire foot; hence, the nickname
flat foot. Among the three, mid-arched foot is the most prone to injuries.
High-arched foot, on the other hand, doesn’t pronate enough, which is why
its print has a very pronounced curve, showing a narrow band that links the
heel and toe. Because the outside of the foot doesn’t evenly roll inward, it
gets much of the stress.