FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 17, 2009) – A running shoe is the first protection an individual gets from the ground.

The impact from running is different for everyone; some people have feet that are soft and decrease the amount of force while others have hard feet that need to be properly cushioned.

There are various ways to tell which type of foot one has on the ground. One of these is the wet test, and another is the “eye” test.

In order to do the eye test, one must have the ability to look at their feet. When seated, the foot may have an arch. If one stands on their foot and the arch goes away, that is called a flexible foot. Now if there is an arch, and it stays an arch, that is called a rigid foot.

There are a small percent of individuals that have no arch either seated or standing; these people will also have rigid feet.

Effort needs to be taken to pick the “right” shoe for the right foot. A flexible foot will need more control, hence the name motion control shoes. A rigid foot needs more cushion or softness; these people would benefit from a cushion type shoe. If one is confused and just can’t figure out which way their feet needs, either control or cushion, a great way to start is to pick a middle of the line, good quality stability shoe.

Stability shoes of good quality are expensive, beginning at $75 per pair, but are well worth the investment in one’s feet. The shoe will get old over time, so runners aren’t to stock up on their favorite shoe or outlet shop if they are going to be running in the shoes. The post exchange is just one place to find a good quality pair of running shoes, but one still needs to be careful that the label on the shoe matches the shoe type.