Have you ever looked down at your feet and wondered why they are shaped the way they are? the type of foot that you have can have alot to do with the comfort of your workout and the type of shoe and or shoe support
There are many types of feet but most mainly fall into one of the following categories.
Morton’s or Greek foot
Peasant or Giselle foot
To start Morton’s foot is the type of foot where the second toe is longer than the other and the width seems to be narrow to medium. Your shoe support should include a crescent cushion to aid in preventing a hammer toe and to alleviate pressure from the second toe.
Egyptian foot is when the first toe is the longest and the rest of the toes taper and the width seems to be narrow to medium so you should do your best to protect that big toe as it carries weight without the help of the other toes so use a dynamic boxline and or an oval cushion to help. Also a regular but not deep vamp will be good for this type of foot.
The next type of foot is called a peasant or Giselle foot where there are at least three toes which are the same length and they seem to be short and the width seems tot be medium to wide.
The last type of foot is called the compressible foot which is when the feet are highly compressible in the metatarsal area. There is not a large amount of flesh between the bones. This is what many dancers have to acompany their thin and fined boned bodies and when a dancer stands flat the foot creates a somewhat wide footprint simply because the bones spread out to the sides. When a ballet dancer does an en pointe the foot compresses and the bones squeeze into one another. Try a full sockliner and or a dynamic boxliner to alleviate any pressure. Wether you jog or workout for fitness or recreation odds are that you have experienced some type of repetitive stress injury such as a shin splint, fashiitis or stress fracture. Many factors will contribute to a stress injury and mostly you need look only at your shoes to discover to cause. It has been analyzed that the impact of running can transmit energy through the lower legs while running to nearly 3 times the body weight which by the way is twice that of walking. Your footwear can reduce those forces and become a good friend during your workouts to keep you in tip top shape and injury free. Know how to choose your shoes to properly accommodate your feet. Use wisdom to choose the right shoe for your feet and happy running.