Have you ever given it some thought that the level of comfort a specific shoe can offer is dependent on the fact that people have different foot shape or type? It is hard to determine but a good ridiculous way of setting an example would be buying a high hilled shoe when you are flat footed then expect it to be comfortable. It’s not how it works. You need to know how to find the best shoes for your foot type by identifying first the type of your foot, its size and shape.
Our right or left foot is fairly identical with each other and shoe that feels right on one will also feel right with the other. But that’s just that, it’s not identical to another person. If compared with other people’s feet, whatever we find comforting won’t be as just the same to them because it might not fit her particular foot, vice versa.
Considering any case, you would want a shoe that gives you a lot of comfort. Trying to wear a shoe that doesn’t really fit well that you make you experience great distress and discomfort will only give you injuries especially from prolonged use.
In his guide, we will help you identify the type of foot you have other than its size. This will help in narrowing down your search with the kind of shoe that will possibly give you better comfort and a firm stand.
Identifying Your Foot Type
One of the ways and probably the most classic one when determining your foot type are rinsing your feet with water. Shake off the excess liquid and step on a card board, piece of paper or a paper bag. The indication would be that if you can see an illustration of the whole footprint, you are probably flat footed or has a flat arc. If you can only see a portion of a footprint, you either have a high arch or a medium arch foot.
It is when the wet part of the foot you see on the paper has about 1 to 2 inch strip on the middle part of the foot print. 30% of most athletes have this type of foot. This is what they call runners foot. The motion of your run or walk strikes the floor heels first and rolling it then towards the toes while the arch are collapsed inward causing it to absorb impact.
This type of feet is well balanced. Your feet spread out and lengthen when you stand. They absorb shock very well because they are stiff.
It is the type that can easily fit to any styles of shoes. Most of the manufacturers are basing their product to this type of foot. Always make sure to try out the shoe first to see if it’s comfortable.
Over Pronation or Flexible
Upon stepping your wet foot on the piece of paper, if you see your whole foot sole or the print is very close to resemble yours, then you are sure to have over pronated foot or flexed foot. It means that the arch of both feet does absorb shock very well. The arch of the foot extends or stretches inwards. You are more expose to foot and leg injury in this type of foot.
The arch of this foot type is low making your foot flat. Other prefers this type to be called “flat footed”. The feet roll inwards excessively when you walk. This type is pretty much unstable and it’s hard to balance. Person with this foot type experiences pain and foot exhaustion easily even for just short walks. The nice thing about this type is that it absorbs shock very well because the sole is widely spread every time your foot presses to the ground.
Regarding in what kind of shoe you need for this, there must be narrow space between the top part and the insole of the shoe. Preferably, choose the shoes with lower height. Check the insole of the shoes if it has a lot of cushion. Too much cushion will pressure your foot and will cause it to hurt but you also can’t wear a shoe with no cushion at all. You need a little bit of lumps inside to support your foot so it won’t get exhausted.
In a shoe market, to try out the shoe height, twist and turn the foot that wears the shoe. Move it up and down and do a circular motion to see if it’s comfortable. Also try to check the heels of the shoe if it is at least not that high. Having a regular height, especially in the heel part of the shoe will make you feel more stable when you stand.
Under Pronation or Rigid
You will be able to tell if you have this type of foot if the print on the paper from your wet foot draws no arch or draws only a thin arch. This type of foot absorbs very little shock making you prone from injuries when you run or jump. The impact every time it hits the floor is directed towards the arch and it’s not divided evenly.
The feet rolls slightly inwards, making your walk put more pressure on the outside. This foot type has a stable walking capability but they are too stiff to absorb any shock from impact. You still need to be careful.
The shoe you would want for this foot needs to be nice and well cushioned so that you’ll have an extra support to absorb the shock. You also need the shoe to be higher because of your elevated arch. It is better to do some researching first on how to find the best shoes for your foot type and ask for medical advice so that you won’t endanger your feet from probable injuries.
The shoe will vary well with the type of foot you have. Always check and try it out first before you decide on buying one. Not only will it save you money but it will also keep you from causing yourself foot injuries. I hope this guide have shed some information that might help you with your search on how to find the best shoes for your foot type and the things you need to know.