Kick Off 2020 With the Right Running Shoes for Your Feet, As Recommended by our Ballantyne Podiatrist 

January 1, 2020

For most of us, January is the month where we get back on track with our diet and exercise plans, and start to hit the treadmill, track or trails. If you’re planning to do a lot of running (or walking) this season, picking the right running shoe for your foot type is crucial to avoiding foot and ankle injuries. In today’s post, our Ballantyne podiatrist shares the best type of running shoe for those with high arches, normal arches, and flat feet. If you have any concerns about your foot or ankle health, be sure to head over to Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinic for an assessment! 

First Things First: Identifying Your Foot Type

You may already be well aware of your foot type, but if you aren’t, here’s a handy trick that can help: fill a shallow pan with water, and place a blank sheet of paper—a brown paper bag works best—next to it. Wet the sole of your foot, and then step gently onto the paper. If you can see most of your footprint, including the arch, you likely have flat feet. If you see a very narrow arch, or no arch at all, you likely have high arches. If you still aren’t sure, a professional podiatrist can help you know for sure. 

The Best Running Shoes for Flat Arches

Flat feet can be a problem for runners, because they cause stress to be placed on the feet and knees, which can potentially lead to knee and ankle injuries. To mitigate this, look for high-stability running shoes with dense, substantial midsoles. The ideal running shoe will have foam wedges that build up your arches. To further help protect your feet and knees, you might invest in custom-built shoe inserts or orthotics. 

The Best Running Shoes for High Arches 

The arches of the foot are relatively fragile, and cannot absorb much shock. This makes those with high arches very susceptible to foot injuries, like plantar fasciitis. In order to protect your feet, look for well-cushioned, flexible shoes with soft, shock-absorbing midsoles. Compression sleeves, shoe inserts, and custom orthotics can also help to provide extra support and structure as you run. 

The Best Running Shoes for Normal Arches

As the name implies, normal arches are neither flat nor high, and are therefore usually able to support your bodyweight and help your foot pronate normally under pressure. Runners with a normal foot type can comfortably wear any kind of shoe, and do not need either stability or motion control to help them. If in doubt, we recommend going with a moderate stability shoe. 

Take Care of Your Feet with Our Ballantyne Foot Doctor!

Whichever running shoe you choose, it should feel snug on the heel, roomy on the toes, and secure on the ankles. When your shoes are properly sized for your foot type, you can greatly decrease your risk of foot, knee, and ankle injuries as you start a new workout routine or running program. For more help with your foot and ankle care, request an appointment with our Ballantyne podiatrists today, by filling out our easy contact form. From all of us at Ryan Foot and Ankle, Happy New Year!