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Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running – Part 2 –  - Health Product Reports

Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running – Part 2 – - Health Product Reports

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Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running – Part 2

In Part 1 of our series entitled Choosing The Correct Shoe Type: Running we talked about several factors when setting about choosing the correct shoe type for running. We discussed using a technique called the Old Shoe Test where one would examine the wear of a pear of old running shoes to determine if there is an inward, outward or no lean at all. This would be a good indication as to the type of shoe type one should use for running. In this post, I am going to be discussing another test one can use, the Wet Foot test, in order to determine their foot movement so as to be able to find the right fit for their specific needs.

The Wet Foot test is a well documented way to determine the amount pronation or lack there of you might have.  Although is a good indication of the your arched in general, it is in no way a definitive and predictive way determining how your feet will behave in high impact high speed situations. Also keep in mind that ‘normal’ feet are not exclusively required to be able to run pain or injury free. Many people run injury and pain free even with feet classified as ‘flat’ or ‘high arches’.

When performing the wet foot test, you will want to have a colored piece of paper. With a wet or damp foot, leave a barefoot print on the piece of paper.

A footprint that shows the forefoot and heel that are connected by a wide band will be regarded as ‘normal’ with a regular arch. These feet are normally regarded as healthy. Stability shoes are generally recommended for these foot types.

The second foot type would be the ‘flat’ foot. This profile leaves a footprint where the whole sole of the foot will be shown.  These low arches are often a consequence of the foot resting in a pronated position. Stability or motion control shoes are often recommended in this case.

Sometimes a foot will leave a print with a very narrow, or no, band between the forefoot and heel. This will be regarded as a high arched foot. These is general are decreased pronation moments with high arched feet. These foot types are also not very good at absorbing shock. The most appropriate shoes in this case will be a cushioned or neutral shoe.

A question that is often time raised is: When should I get new trainers? There is no definite figure as to how long trainers should last. The general rule is that running shoes should last between 200 and 450 miles and should be replaced in this period. However, this will be influenced by body weight and running style. If you have seen that the heels have worn down, it is time to change the trainers. The lifetime of the trainers will also be dependant on your weekly training regiment.

About the author Author: Dianne Fry is a regular contributor to Health Product Reports, where she blogs about some of the popular health products on the market today. You can follow her on Google+ More at

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