Do women run differently than men?
Women runners face different issues than men do and their running shoes need to reflect this. A woman's foot hits the ground at a much shallower angle than a man’s does. Their feet also tend to be more splayed. When a woman's foot hits the ground, it points forward at a 12-degree angle.
Men's feet hit the ground pointing with a range between a one to 10-degree angle. Because of this difference, men’s running shoes will differ from women's in the construction of the heel’s bevel. Women's shoes are more rotated to compensate for the difference in the landing of their feet.
Mitigating pronation with proper shoe
Conditions that can develop from pronation problems
Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. The plantar fascia is the flat band of ligaments connecting your heel to your toes and supports your arch. When this ligament gets strained, it will weaken, swell and cause a lot of pain when walking or running. This injury is caused by excessive pronation. Without proper running shoes, you may be at high risk of tearing your plantar fasciitis.
Top-rated running shoes for women
If you have a tendency toward underpronation or supination, you’ll want to choose either a more flexible shoe, such as the:
What other issues do women runners suffer from?
If not addressed, runner’s knee could lead to knee pain from patello-femoral syndrome. This is when the underside of kneecap rubs against the bottom of the thighbone. Improper shoes could also lead to iliotibial band syndrome where this ligament that runs from your hip to your shin becomes inflamed and interferes with the stabilization of the knee. The New Balance Leadville 1210 is designed specifically for trail runners with knee or lower leg issues and provides stability and the cushioning they need.
Don’t get sucked in by some of the latest designer brands of running shoes. Save the sparkly designer shoes for a night out on the town. Stick to running shoes that will address your specific needs to prevent aggravating any existing issues you may have or causing new injuries that’ll keep you sidelined from running.