Overpronation Stability Running Shoes May Actually Damage the Feet

Overpronation Stability Running Shoes May Actually Damage the Feet

A big problem with overpronation stability running shoes is that because they immobilize the feet too much, and these shoes also typically have an extremely unergonomic fit such that they’re too narrow in the front, too inflexible and have an elevated heel, the foot’s muscles, tendons, soft tissues and bones are never able to naturally engage effectively. Not to mention, widespread intrinsic muscle activity in the feet essential for keeping the foot’s muscles strong and tolerant, is dramatically reduced. From these consequences, structural and strength deficits to the feet may arise and more structural and functional strength problems will build with more long-term dependency on these shoes. This is why over-reliance on motion control stability running shoes can be a grim situation for the feet. Read more here about why overpronation stability running shoes are blame-worthy for many foot ailments and running injuries.

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches