Foot and Ankle Care, PSC

Which Running Shoe is Right for You?

One of the first steps to healthy running is wearing supportive running shoes. Neglecting to wear proper footwear can lead to a variety of foot problems that can cause injury and impede performance.

Feet are generally categorized into three types: low/flat arch, normal arch, and high arch. Look below to see which type of running shoe fits your foot type.

  • feet with low arches

    For feet with low arches

    Choose a supportive shoe that is designed for stability and motion control. These shoes help to correct for overpronation.

  • feet with normal arches

    For feet with normal arches

    Choose a shoe with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock.

  • feet with high arches

    For feet with high arches

    Choose a cushioned running shoe with a softer midsole and more flexibility. This will compensate for the poor shock absorption of a high-arched foot.

Text © American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and used with permission.