As you train for the upcoming bridge run it is essential to know what foot type that you have and how to choose the proper running shoe. Classification of arch types generally fall into three categories. 1) Normal arch 2) High arch 3) Low arch. Advances in running shoe technology allows matching your specific foot type with the proper running shoe.
(Overpronators) foot types leave a flat foot impression on wet sand. Common injuries for flattened arches from improperly fitted running shoes are heel pain, arch pain, and knee pain. Overpronators need motion control running shoes.
At the other extreme are people with "high arch feet". These feet are very tight-jointed and do not yield enough upon impact. Rigid feet leave only the toes, balls of the feet, and heel impression in wet sand. Improperly fitted running shoes for rigid feet tend to wear unevenly on the outside of the shoe. Common rigid foot running injuries are stress fractures, ball of the foot pain, and shin splints. To help avoid these injuries, these people need cushioned control running shoes.
Laslty, the third type, or normal foot, falls somewhere between the overpronator and rigid foot type. This type of foot can use any running shoe that is stable and properly cushioned.
Visit your local specialty running shoes to get you ready for the upcoming Cooper River Bridge Run.