Unless you have a foot deformity, a neurological disorder, or a serious injury that requires a cast, there should be absolutely no reason for you to buy a pair of shoes with “motion control” features or inserts that claim to reduce overpronation.

The majority of people can do something about shoe-related foot deformities and pain that doesn’t involve surgery.  The first thing you can do is to start rebuilding your foot strength.  If you’re like most people who wear shoes, your feet are sedentary (that includes marathon runners who walk and run in stiff, brick-like gym shoes all day).  Since shoes have prevented the natural movement of your foot muscles, you’ll need to start building that back.  Tap here for exercises you can do at home.

When you’re looking for healthy shoe options, look for “zero drop” shoes.  Look at the shape of the toe box.  If you can’t spread your toes within the toebox, it is too small for your feet.  If you do shop online, whether your shopping at a specific retailer or Amazon, you should be able to see the shoe from every angle.  If you can’t bend the shoe with gentle pressure in your hands, it is too stiff.


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