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Pronation is part of the natural movement of the human body and refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing. Understanding your pronation type can help you find a comfortable running shoe.
How Your Foot Contacts the Ground: outer side of the heel hits the ground at an increased angle with little or no normal pronation, causing a large transmission of shock through the lower leg.
Push Off: pressure on smaller toes on outside of foot.
Considered Injuries: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle strain.
Foot type: high arches
How Your Foot Contacts the Ground: foot lands on outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight
Push Off: even distribution from the front of the foot.
Considered Injuries: less likely due to effective shock absorption, but neutral runners are not immune to injury.
Foot Type: normal-size arches
How Your Foot Contacts the Ground: foot lands on outside of heel, then rolls inward (pronates) excessively, transferring weight to inner edge instead of ball of the foot
Push Off: big toe and second toe do majority of the work
Considered Injuries: shin splints, plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel spurs
Foot Type: low arches or flat feet
TAKE A PRONATION TEST
CHECK YOUR WEAR PATTERNS ON YOUR SHOE
Wear patterns won't provide the full picture of gait analysis, but they can give additional clues about the impact on your feet. This can give you an idea of where you may need extra support and cushioning in your running shoes.