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Running Shoes For Heavy Runners

Heavy runners by their very nature run a certain way. The fact they are carrying more weight causes a particular running action. This running action is not natural for the body and needs correction to avoid unnecessary injuries. Fortunately a particular running shoe that can help them. Here we explain the way they run and the shoe that's needed.

Heavy runners tend to have low arched feet

Flat footprint

Another way to describe these feet are  flat feet, their foot print will look like that on the left. This is common among heavier people who will often just have a lower arch by the nature of their weight. There is little sign of an arch in the foot and nearly the whole of the bottom of the foot touches the ground.

Losing the weight by running will soon raise the arch back up but until it does or while the foot looks this way a specialist running shoe is required. Without an appropriate running shoe the heavier runner will have injuries like shin splints and other shock injuries to the foot and lower leg.

Low arched runners tend to overpronate


This is common in heavier runners due to their foot type. Pronation is the rotation of the foot as it strikes the ground and the weight travels along to the front of the foot. With heavier runners there tends to be too much rotation or overpronation. This means the push off is from the big toe after the ball of the foot takes the weight.

Overpronating puts allot of strain on the ball of the foot and tends to be a pounding action with each stride which takes the shock up the lower leg. Overpronating is not an efficient running action and it takes more effort for the heavier runner to run this way which is the last thing they need.

They need motion control running shoes

Motion control running shoe

Fortunately motion control running shoes correct these problems that the heavier runner has. The shoe is designed to help correct the overpronation of the heavier runner. There are also features built into the shoe to give the runner additional support.

The shoe will be more rigid to discourage too much rotation of the foot and create a more natural, efficient running action. There will be a medial post in the sole to further discourage overpronation. There is support to ease the pounding of the foot on the ground and the shock on the feet and legs that go with it. For these reasons heavier runners will greatly benefit from motion control running shoes.

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