May 13

Finding the Right Shoes for Your Foot Type

During this difficult time of stay-at-home mandate due to the COVID-19 virus, many people are stressed and feeling anxious.  One of the best stress-relieving activities that you can do as a family is to get yourself outdoors.  Walking or running does not require a gym access.  And who knows when the local gym will reopen.  When you start your walking or running regimen, remember to condition yourself by stretching before and after your activity.  Loosen up those muscles fibers will prevent cramps.  Wear the appropriate clothing according to the weather.  Breathable synthetic layer under your jacket in colder climate helps your body prevent chills, for sweat draws heat away from your body.  And choose light weight, loose fitting clothes for warmer weather.  And most importantly, choose the right shoes for your foot type can help alleviate the aches and pain that could arise from the different needs of various foot types.  Low arches need stability shoes, while high arches need more shock absorbing shoes.

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 you foot type.

For feet with low arches: Choose a supportive shoe that is designed for stability and motion control. These shoes help to correct for over pronation.

For feet with normal arches: Choose a shoe with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock.


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.


Dr. Dang H. Vu, DPM is a Baltimore Podiatrist with more than 17 years of experience. He completed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, where he furthered his surgical expertise. He now holds privileges at Northwest Hospital. He offers services from three Baltimore Locations in Reisterstown, Towson and in the Rotunda Building in Hampden. You can find directions and request an appointment on his website


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