Pronation refers to the inward roll of the foot during normal activities like running or walking. To be considered an overpronator, the normal degree of pronation has to be exceeded by 15 percent. At the end of the step cycle, most of the work is being done by the big toe, instead of the entire front of the foot. This inward roll puts strain on the ligaments and muscles in the ankle, and it can cause ankle injuries and trouble stabilizing the body during running and walking. However, there are shoes on the market with added support and cushioning to correct your stride and counter the effects of overpronation.
Nike Air Span 6
The mid-foot of this shoe has a saddle design to support proper pronation. The Air-Sole is intended to provide long-lasting cushioning needed for overpronation, that won't begin to wear at the unique pressure points of the inward roll of the step. The Cushion ST2 mid-sole provides a cushioned platform for evenly dispersed pressure. To maintain the shoe's ability to control the step, an abrasion-resistant heel increases longevity.
New Balance Women's 1123
This shoe, intended to correct your step with its advanced motion control and stability, comes in five different widths for the best comfort possible. The shoe has a stabilizing roll bar (located in the heel of the shoe) to minimize rear-foot movement to increase stability throughout the step. The Abzorb foot sole creates extra cushioning needed to counter pronation and for extra shock absorption.
The Brooks Infiniti shoe counters overpronation with a diagonal roll bar in the heel. A full-length cushion even disperses pressure and improves shock absorption. This shoe features great ventilation for more athletic walkers, longer distances, or warmer temperatures. It also has a removable moisture control sock liners and weighs in at only 8 oz.
New Balance 845
This support-focused shoe has a double-stretch tongue to create a secure, almost custom fit that continues to correct the pronated step. It has a Motion Control Rollbar to control and eliminate pronation. There is a removable Abzorb insole that works with the EVA mid-sole in order to redistribute pressure evenly, so that the inner-front of the foot is not doing all of the work.
Ryka is a lesser known brand that has specialized in well-made athletic shoes for women since 1987. The Ryka KM7 is a lighter motion-control shoe that seeks to counter overpronation. The shoe promotes motion control and torsional stability with a mid-foot shank. Motion control is also provided by an outer-heel counter that guides the motion of the foot. The rearfoot is equipped with a Cushioning Cartridge for added shock absorption and energy return.
Article Written By Heather Broeker
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.