Step 3: Decide on the gait
Have you now had an idea of your arch height? You can also use this information to identify your gait, which is an excellent way of saying how the feet behave as you run. Deciding on your gait is a crucial step in the process since you desire to select the shoe which best accommodates your type of gait.
Four basic gait types are:
– Severe overpronation: It is when the heel first strikes the ground before rolling inward excessively. As someone overpronates, the ankle is unable to stabilize the body appropriately. It is typically someone who has a severely low arch or a flat foot. The most suitable shoe type for overpronators is motion-control footwear.
– Mild overpronation: It is when the heel’s outside first strikes, and next, the foot rolls inward, absorbing the shock. It is typically someone whose arch is low, medium, or anything in between. They should select stability footwear.
– Neutral: If your gait is neutral, the heel’s middle/slightly outward part first strikes, and your foot then rolls inward, absorbing the shock. Those with a neutral gait tend to have a medium arched foot. Neutral cushioning shoes are the best shoe option for neutral runners.
– Underpronation (supination): Those who supinate will strike the ground with their heel’s outside first, and rather than rolling inward, they stay on foot’s outside through the whole foot strike. It inhibits the ability of the foot to absorb the foot strike’s impact. It is typically someone whose arched foot is higher and should select a neutral cushioning shoe.
Step 4: Select your right running shoe
As you have established your gait and arch type, you are ready to look for footwear that fits your specific needs. The details will be in Part 3! Let’s stay tuned!