Shoes for underpronation
A kinesiologist in my department offered a gait analysis and it turns out I've got severe underpronation meaning I basically walk on the outside edges of my feet. The wear pattern on my shoes (and my garden of ingrown calluses) seems to bear this out.
After snooping around there seem to be two ideas for this:
• going barefoot/minimal will condition me to pronate more
• it's permanent so use rollbar or stability shoes to avoid pelvic damage
Both options seem equally expensive (and equally hard to find in 12EEEE).
Any experience or knowledge with this issue?
If it were me, I'd transition to minimal or barefoot. In my opinion, using stability shoes will only cause your feet to become weaker, and probably bring up more foot/leg issues in the future. YMMV
If you decide to go minimal/barefoot, there is some good info here (whether or not you plan on running):
[url=http://community.runnersworld.com/topic/-new-barefoot-or-minimalist-runners-start-here-]*** NEW BAREFOOT OR MINIMALIST RUNNERS START HERE *** | Runner's World Community[/url]
So the US Army has done testing on whether people with foot rolls (over or under) need any kind of specialized shoe by studying people in training who do or don't get offered specialized shoes. Their research came out with no reduction in injury with the specialized shoes. Specialized shoes never win in studies (that I know of).
That said, I am a huge believer based on my N=1. I spent almost two years on crutches and various other stupid medical interventions until I learned to get the right shoes. Before that I played high school sports and my mother always brought a cooler of ice to the events to put my feet in because it was the only way to keep me able to walk. If you are significantly disabled, get the specialized shoes already. For me it is a major issue in quality of life.
But if things are going okay, if you don't have pain or injury... Do what feels best for you.
New Balance Minimus
Merril whatever-gloves (trail gloves, vapor gloves, whatever their minimalist line is called)
I used to have one of the worst cases of over-pronation. I was in orthotics from the minute I woke up, to literally straight before bed. I never fixed anything. After some research I jumped straight into going barefoot 24/7. Now I've got strong feet and arches.
I know this is over, not under-pronation - but I think going minimal, if not barefoot, would be best. :)
Don't wear shoes at home. There's a cheap intervention for you.
I tend to overpronate, though when barefoot I naturally correct myself and walk more normally. I'm looking into getting a pair of minimalist shoes I can wear to work. Although living in New England makes that tough in the winter.
Good leads to check out, thanks!
Come to think of it my legs feel more correct when I'm unshod at home. No injuries yet but I worry about the minor sores reducing my hiking enthusiasm. I'm wondering how much of this issue is caused by those $20 Payless shoes that can be wrung like a dish towel.
Pete, I ran across a very interesting article today that may shed some light:
[url=http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/pfrossi2.htm]Why Shoes Make "Normal" Gait Impossible[/url]
You don't have to endure harsh winters and bloody feet just because you want minimal shoes. Simply opt for the simplest shoes you can find that will do the job and forget about any ideas that you must have huge lug soles to hike or that you need motion control to run or whatever.