Feet naturally pronate, or roll inward slightly with each running stride. It's the body's natural cushioning system. Problems arise when, because of weak muscles and ligaments, the foot rolls in too much causing misalignments that travel up from the foot and through the entire body.
The Easy Cure
Thankfully there are many shoes on the market that correct over-pronation so that you can enjoy miles of healthful, pain-free running. They stop the runner's foot from collapsing too far inward and thus keep knees and the rest of the body properly aligned.
What the Shoes Look Like
Look for what is commonly known as stability shoes. These shoes will have a denser inner-side material in the sole and added arch support. All of the popular running shoe companies carry models of stability shoes. Some of these shoes may have added plastic supports that will be easy to spot.
Buying the Right Pair for You
The right shoe for you is the one that feels the best on your feet. Ask for help from an experienced shoe salesman. In running specialty stores, you should be able to find avid runners to help you make your choices.
Article Written By Tanya Wyr
Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.