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.
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
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
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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