How Does My Running Style Affect The Running Shoe I Need?

Whether you are new to running or an experienced runner; having the right footwear is essential to help you get the most out of your running but also to reduce the risk and prevent injuries from occurring. For all of your running shoe needs and to get a gait analysis to determine the best shoe for you visit Fit2Run in Abingdon.

What are the 3 main types of running gait?

To truly determine your running gait, you will need to either film yourself or be filmed running. This will show how your foot is interacting with the ground. Ultimately, this will lead to you find the perfect footwear for your natural running style.

  • Supinated: This is when the outer side of the foot strikes the ground, landing more on the outer portion of the sole. This is usually seen in runners with high arches.
  • Pronated: Around 70% of the population will over-pronate when running. As the foot is planted it rolls inward excessively, transferring weight to the inner edge instead of evenly spreading it over the whole sole. It’s usually seen in runners with low arches or flat feet.
  • Neutral: This occurs when you place your foot down and land on the outer edge of the sole. The foot then pronates in a controlled manner, distributing weight evenly, helping with the shock absorption. On push off, there is an even distribution of pressure from the front of the foot.

What makes a neutral shoe?

  • Majority of the cushioning is in the heel. As the whole foot or majority of the foot comes into contact with the ground, less support is needed elsewhere.
  • These types of shoes may be lighter as there is less cushioning and support needed.
  • The shoes design may make the shoe appear more curved. As there is a less need for more cushioning and support, the shoe doesn’t touch the ground throughout.

You will choose a neutral shoe if you have a neutral or supinated running style.

What makes a stability shoe?

A stability running shoe will provide more support to the inside of the foot. This will help to stop over pronation of the feet when running. These are typically heavier than neutral shoes due to more cushioning and support.

You will get this shoe if you have an over pronation running style.

Neutral Shoe Examples

Men’s Shoes

Asics Gel-Nimbus

Asics Gel-Nimbus 23 Men’s

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ON Cloudflyer

ON Cloudflyer Men’s

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Women’s Shoes

Asics Gel-Pursue 7

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Brooks Glycerin 19 Women’s

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Stability Shoe Examples

Men’s Shoes

Asics GT-4000 2 Men’s

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Brooks Transcend 7 Men’s

Women’s Shoes

Asics GT-4000 2 Women’s

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New Balance 860v10 Women’s

If you have any questions about your running style and shoe’s get in contact with the highly experienced team at Fit2Run.

If you want to know more about running injuries check out our blog post here.


Life and Exercise with Shin Splints

What is shin splints?

When you are running, do you suffer from pain and/or throbbing in your shins? You could be suffering with shin splints or professionally known as medial tibial stress syndrome. If you are suffering from this you are likely to suffer from pain at the start of your exercise that then eases. This pain then re-appears during your cool down. There are a variety of different causes for shin splints; but often when you suffer with this pain you don’t successfully manage your symptoms or eradicate the problem.

Shin splints caused by poor footwear

What causes shin splints?

There are many things that can lead to shin splints; think about the list below and try to see how they fit in with your shin pain.

  • Flat feet – this will cause an over-pronation of your feet, leading to a change in running biomechanics. This can also change the amount of stress going through the tibia.
  • Poor footwear – changing your footwear to help with stability can reduce the pain you suffer with.
  • Lack of strength in the posterior chain – weakness in the glutes and calf muscles and lead to a reduced stability. In turn, increasing stress.
  • Sudden increase in load

How can I manage my symptoms?

The best thing that you can do is to rest. Allow your symptoms to settle down, to help with pain you will want to ice the area. From here you will want to address the root cause of the problem. Start by addressing how far you are running per week, then see if you had a sudden increase in your distances. Then you will want to see how your footwear is. Is it suitable for what you require? If you are unsure you should go to a running shop as these will be best suited to give advice!

Shin splints caused by the surface you are running on?

Your next step in recovery would be to work on your strength and bio-mechanical control. Get yourself booked in to, firstly, find out if you are indeed suffering with shin splints. Secondly, put together a detailed exercise plan that will help to rehabilitate you back to full fitness.

Feel free to drop us an email or fill in the contact form and we will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Is it possible to prevent it?

There are strategies that you can put into place that will help to prevent the onset of shin splints. This revolves around strengthening specific muscles in the body. To get the best outcome, you will want to contact a professional to make sure what you are doing is suited for you.

Prevention will stick to the idea of increasing calf and soleus strength, and increasing core stability. From there the glutes will need to be assessed for their strength and activation levels, whilst your balance will need to be worked on too.

Shin splints is very common, don’t suffer in silence, treatment is easy and you will be running pain free again in no time!