Identify Your Foot Type when Choosing Shoes

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

The Houston Trail Runners will be celebrating National Trails Day on June 7th at Brazos Bend State Park. The run starts at 8:30 AM. If you are interested in participating, you will want to make sure you have the right shoes, which means you need to identify your foot type. If you run with shoes that don’t support your feet, you could end up with an injury.

There are three foot types: normal, flatfeet, and high arches. Normal feet are slightly arched and pronate inward to absorb shock. Flatfeet typically have little to no arch and they oftenoverpronate when walking or running. High arches can either overpronate or underpronate, depending on how rigid or flexible they are. They don’t absorb shock very well, thus leading to aching feet.

To find out what kind of foot type you have simply take the “wet test”. Place your foot in water and plant it on a flat surface where you can see your footprint. A normal foot will show you about half of your arch, a flatfoot will show your entire footprint, and a high arch will show mainly just the heel and the ball of your foot. It’s important to know what category you fall under, because your footwear selection depends on it. If you pick the wrong type of shoe, especially for running, you could experience a serious injury to your foot.

Call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment. Here at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston we can help you figure out what your feet need, because everyone is unique and so are our feet. Call today so we can get started on working out what’s best for you!

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