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Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Underpronation

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Shoosing the Right Shoes for Underpronation
Choosing the right running shoe for your foot is very important.  Wearing the wrong shoe can lead to joint pain and problems as I recently discovered.  Thanks to a photo I realized just how bad my shoes were for my alignment.  No wonder my ankles and knees have been hurting!

Disclaimer:  I’m no expert on feet, shoes or running–just sharing what has worked for me!

This week I started training for my third half marathon.  Last week I ran a couple miles on the treadmill and the next day my ankles were ridiculously sore.  I’ve never had ankle pain after running and I suspected it was my shoes.  I used to love Brooks Pure Flows but they changed the design and the last pair I got (as a Christmas gift) just isn’t as comfortable as my previous two pairs.

When I looked at some “before” photos that I had Madalyn take of me my suspicion was confirmed.  Look at the position of my feet in this photo:

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My feet almost look deformed! I was just standing in my natural position when she took this and as you can see my feet are noticeably rolled outward. I knew I underpronated but I didn’t realize just how bad it was until I saw this photo!

What is Underpronation

Underpronation means that when your feet land, they tend to roll out instead of in.  So with each step all your weight is landing on the outside of the foot. This can cause all kinds of joint problems, knee and hip pain and ankle pain.

You can check to find out if you are an underpronator.  There are a couple of simple ways to determine it including checking the wear patterns on your shoes and checking your footprints to determine your arch type.

Correcting Underpronation

You can go to a running store for a gait analysis and get correctly fit for a shoe. They will watch you run and help you determine the best shoe for your foot.

I’m a rebel and I like to figure things out on my own.  I read up on several different running shoes that help to correct underpronation.  After reading review, after review, after review I headed to the local sporting goods store to try a few pairs on.  I decided to stick with the Brooks line and I ended up buying the Glycerin 12.  They felt comfortable as soon as I put them on.  They are heavier and “clunkier” than I am used to but I’m sure I’ll adjust to them quickly.

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I went to the gym afterwards to give them a test run and they felt great.  And the next day . . . NO ankle pain!

Choosing the Right Running Shoe

I highly recommend reading up on the different foot types and reading reviews on the type of shoe that will work best for your foot.  Here are a few articles to get you started:

Running Shoes:  How to Choose

How to Buy the Right Running Shoes

Running 101:  How to Select the Best Pair of Running Shoes

How to Buy Running Shoes:  Tips to Treat Your Feet Right

Pronation, Explained

A Simple Test to Determine Your Foot Type


I’m more excited about my half training now that I’m in the appropriate shoes.  And what girl doesn’t like new shoes?!


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