Cushioned running shoes are one of
the 3 types of running shoes. They are specifically designed for people with a
certain foot type and running action. This foot type causes an incorrect running
action that cushioned running shoes help correct. Here we explain who
needs this type of running shoe and why.
People with high
arches or an
arch that runs across the entire foot will leave a foot print
like that on the left. The arch is sometimes above
the level of the toes and the foot is often narrower than normal. Runners with this foot type will often have a particular running action.
This running action is not something that the runner can prevent and is why a particular running shoe is needed. Without cushioned running shoes there will be regular injuries which relate to a lack of shock absorption like shin splints and knee problems that the shoe prevent.
These runners tend to underpronate
Pronation is a normal part of running and is when
the foot and weight rotates towards the inner side as the weight travels
along the foot. Runners who have a high arch will underpronate, there is
rotation of the weight along the foot but not enough. There needs to be further
the runner to run less efficiently and causes allot of shock on the joints of the
foot and leg. Underpronation is a leading cause of injury especially in endurance
runners where long distances are involved. There is a solution to
the underpronation and that is the cushioned running shoe.
How cushioned running shoes work
Cushioned running shoes correct the problems
that a runner with a high arch has. It corrects the underpronation by promoting
the inward rotation following the heel strike by having a very flexible sole, the
shoe will twist a lot easier.
The shoe also has a lot of shock absorption materials. This eases the stress on
the joints that underpronation causes. These lead to a corrected running action which is more efficient
for the runner leading to quicker times and less injuries. All this make cushioned running shoes essential if you have a high
arched foot type.
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