Do your shoes fit your biomechanical needs?

The #2 concern reported in our most recent Comfort and Performance Survey was standing.  Although we all take on different tasks that require different levels of standing and movement, one consistent variable is that all of us wear shoes to work.  We need to understand what style of shoe works best for you in order to help minimize strain and irritation.

There are three general styles of walking/running shoes:

  1. neutral
  2. stability
  3. motion control

Which one is the best to help you optimize your comfort while standing and walking?  It depends on your foot type and biomechanics.

What is a neutral shoe?

Neutral running shoes are designed for people who do not have significant overpronation or supination.  Their foot strikes the ground in a neutral, central position. This means the ankle remains aligned with the knees and hips with each step.


What is a stability shoe?

Stability shoes are designed for people whose feet slightly roll inward (overpronate) while standing and walking. Stability shoes are designed in a way that allows them to offer better support for the midsole of the shoe, making them a preferred option for people who mildly pronate. The midsole posting support in stability shoes brings the foot into a more neutral position.


What is a motion control shoe?

Motion control running shoes are those that are designed for people who have more significant pronation, or hyperpronation – meaning their feet roll prominently inward.  Motion control running shoes help to get feet into better neutral alignment under the arch and at the heel of the shoe.


Which shoes are the best for me?

Please speak with one of our excellent physical therapists to get your foot type and gait analyzed for recommendations.  You may also go to one of our local walking/running shoe stores such as Sole SportsCadence Running Company, or the Runner’s Den to try on shoes to assess your needs and comfort.


How long should I wear my shoes before getting new ones?

The recommendation is that shoes should be worn for 300 to 500 miles.  It depends on your vigor of activity and the care provided for the shoes.


Developing a proactive strategy is crucial to the continued success of your employees and your business. Schedule a consultation with a member of the Proactive MSD team today to learn more about developing a strategy to turn your current MSD spend into long-term savings while helping your employees move better and feel better.