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How to pick the shoe for you!
Transcript of How to pick the shoe for you!
There is a shoe for each type of foot strike
How to know what foot strike you have
How to pick the shoe for you!
By: Charlie Christiansen
Why are the
foot and ankle important?
The human foot is
composed of 26
The ankle is where the foot meets the tibia and fibula
The ankle is known as a mobility joint in the kinetic chain
If the foot is not
the ankle and the
whole body it supports
could be injured
The main responsibility
of the foot in the
kinetic chain is stability
Many ligaments and tendons are used to maintain the structure
The body transfers force through a series
of joints known as
the kinetic chain
This chain moves from the foot up to the shoulder
The joints rotate between functions of stability and mobility
Each joint in the chain depend on the other joints to function properly
To provide the foot
and ankle with proper support, one must wear
the appropriate shoes
So how does one
find the appropriate shoes?
First, learn what the
different types of
foot strikes are
Footprints of these
people are characterized
as being "flat foot"
Pronation occurs when the foot rolls inward, shifting the body weight to the inside of the foot
A Neutral foot strike
occurs if the
foot does not overly
pronate or supinate
Wearing improper shoes can cause shin splints and other lower leg problems
This type of foot strike
is the most effective
and efficient for the body
Neutral foot strike leads to the least amount of injuries when running or walking
Supination occurs when
the foot rolls outward,
shifting the body weight
to the outside of the foot
Footprints of this foot strike
are characterized by
having "high arches"
Supination can cause
ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis,
and other lower leg injuries
The Wet Test
First, get a brown paper bag and
a bucket of water large enough
to place your foot in
With your feet
damp (not dripping)
place them on the
brown paper bag
Remove your feet from the bag and examine your footprints, then compare it to the pictures previously provided
Lay the bag out flat
and then dip both feet
in the bucket of water
"The Wet Test"
Does that seem like
too much work?
First, find a pair of old shoes that are very worn-in
and examine where the wear pattern is on the bottom
If the wear pattern is on the inside of the shoe, you are a
If the wear pattern seems to be evenly distributed on the shoe, you are
If the wear pattern is on the outside of the shoe, you are a
There is another way!
It is quick and easy
"The Old Shoe Test"
Process the Information
Now, which shoes is for you?
The Structured Cushioning Category
The Cushioning Category
Once you have found the right type of shoe, follow these steps:
Measure your foot's
to find the appropriate size
If your size is at the store,
try it on!
around or even
to make sure that the fit is
When you find a shoe that fits,
Make sure that the
of the shoe is aligned with the
of you foot
The Maximun Support Category
These shoes are designed to control the degree of pronation of the feet
These shoes are designed to support the natural shock attenuation of the feet
These shoes are designed to supply a great deal of shock absorption, since the foot does not pronate
The names of the categories will vary slightly from brand to brand, so check their website
For this demonstration we will be using the information from the Asics website
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