Are Your Shoes Hurting
I recently got the opportunity to test out a brand new method for finding the right type of shoe and support. Having the right support and wearing the right shoes in your workouts is CRUCIAL to being able to effectively perform your workouts, not to mention in preventing injury as well.
This new method is called the “Perfect Fit System” and is available at RoadRunner Sports stores. You may remember that I did a workout shoe review a while back, and RoadRunner happened to be the store I went to in order to check out a wide variety of workout shoes!
This is how the Perfect Fit process works:
First, they asked me questions such as what type of workouts I do, what my activity level is, how often I work out if I have any injuries, etc.
Then they had me step on the Fit Drone which is a 3D scanner that gives me all sort of stats about my feet. (How cool, huh?!) It scans your feet and tells you your feet size, width, and how high your arches are.
I was surprised to find some imbalances between my left and right foot. My arches were two different heights and when your arches flex at different heights, it can definitely cause some imbalances in the feet which then obviously causes imbalances at different points in the body such as the hips, knees, and back.
Something that was interesting to see is that I actually wear an 8 & ½ even though I used to wear size 9, but since I lost weight, my feet got smaller!
The next step was to hop on the treadmill and do a really quick, light, jog. While jogging, they record how your feet land as you run. I was really shocked to see just how I pronate, which is when your ankles and feet turn inward while walking/running. The opposite, if your feet and ankles turn outward, is called supinating.
Either pronating or supinating can cause imbalances in other places in the body if not corrected via proper shoe and arch support and proper stabilization exercises.
The next step in the Perfect Fit process was to custom fit my insoles. The insoles are molded to my feet, to my arch, and are designed to help the fact that I pronate. What’s great about these insoles is that I can take them in and out of any shoe, ensuring that my arches and my feet are supported no matter what.
Then lastly, they had me test a few moves like a squat and a single leg squat to assess my mobility in my hips and your ankles. In my case, with the single leg squat, my knee did cave in a little bit (it was my first time trying it!) and my ankles did pronate, as expected. This is where having the custom fit insoles and the right shoe will help compensate for that imbalance and ensure that I don’t injure myself while working out.
Getting proper support for your feet and arches is step number 1 in ensuring you are protected from injury and can effectively perform your workout routine. But in addition to that, actually working on strengthening your stabilizer muscles is just as important, too!
Below is a link to my video (click the photo below :)) with a sneak peek of behind the scenes of my Perfect Fit review, along with a quick 3-minute Stabilization Circuit that will help you increase strength in your feet, arches, and improve your overall balance.
What I want for you girls to take out of this is that imbalances are very normal. Everyone has them and when you have imbalances, you’re going to see major joints affected when either running, training or even in day to day life. Luckily it’s just a matter of finding out what your imbalances are and getting something perfectly adjusted to you! If you’re interested in finding your perfect fit you can head to your local RoadRunner Sports store or head online.
Any comments or questions? Don’t hesitate to ask below! Hope you found this blog helpful, until next time!