Problems with Running Shoes for Overponation

Problems with Running Shoes for Overponation


Hi everyone, its Bretta Riches here from RunForefoot.com and today I’m going to be talking to you about more research
that I came across on how motion controlled running shoes which are
running shoes that control abnormal movements of the back of the foot, how
these types of shoes not only weaken the arch as we already know, but these types
of shoes also weaken the toes as well. So, there are 2 areas of the foot that
help control excessive pronation during running. These areas are just to name a few, the toes and the arch. Both of these areas of the foot becomes significantly
weaker when we wear stability running shoes for a long period of time. So, it’s
a well-known fact that pronation is needed for shock absorption but runners
are also told that too much pronation might disrupt the kinetic chain up the
leg and cause injury especially in the knee. However, the amount of pronation that contributes to running injuries really
hasn’t been quantified so we don’t really know exactly how much is
considered too much pronation during running. But, if you read Born to Run by
Christopher McDougall then you will have read the study-proven material that he
illustrates regarding the importance of pronation in that pronation of the foot
is a good thing and you don’t want your foot to be too immobilized when you run.
Aside from that, another thing I wanted to talk to you about is the intrinsic
muscle activity in the foot because the more intrinsic muscle activity that
occurs within the foot, the stronger your foot will be and this is why barefoot
running is so essential to foot health because it’s one of the purest ways to
stimulate the feet, giving you the greatest amount of intrinsic muscle
activity. So, there’s something to keep in mind because like I said stability
running shoes weakends the arch of the foot but these shoes also weaken the
toes and the metatarsals which are the little bones that connect the toes and
when these muscles are weak your ankle stability and therefore your landing
stability during running is heavily compromised. The reason the toes become
so weak in stability running shoes is because the stability running shoes have a
very rigid and inflexible forefoot area so your toes
we become very immobilize, just like the arch, because of the arch support in
the shoe as well as the heel counter. Your toes are unable to grip the surface
and they can’t flex naturally so this is why muscle activity is dramatically
reduced. As a consequence, you create a very unstable landing environment when
you run in which case running becomes burden on the ankle the knees and it’s a
great way to also get a hyperextension injury. If you increase the amount of
barefoot activity or if you do most of your running in barefoot-inspired
running shoes, this will really stimulate the muscles and the toes, especially in
the arch. Going barefoot more often will also strengthen the ligaments in the
foot to give the foot stronger integrity of its internal structures which will in
turn give you more effective controlled pronation when you run so you don’t have
to rely on a shoe in which case these types of shoes need to be replaced
every so many kilometers because when the shoe technology wears out, your weak
foot is wide open to injury which is why you are just better off rehabilitating
your foot by barefoot running more often or fully converting to minimalist running. For more information about proper footwear for running as well as my
reviews and recommendations on the most suitable running shoes for forefoot
running, please head on over to my blog RunForefoot.com. Have fun up there on
the roads! Bye for now

3 thoughts on “Problems with Running Shoes for Overponation”

  • I feel comfortable now running using Neutral shoes after losing about 38 pounds in a year and a half of hard work at the gym + walking and running a lot.
    So am I doing it wrong for not using stability shoes all the time since I overpronate ?
    Thanks.

  • I dont run alot, but i do walk long distances, up hill, down hill etc, is this still the case? Or does this study of wearing certain shoes that weaken the foot/leg only apply to higher impact exercises?

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