As physical therapists, we will commonly be asked about running shoes. What is the best shoe on the market? Should I try a minimalist shoe? In this gait guys blog post, they discuss the Dual Density Foam Running Shoe. The authors, Shawn and Ivo, go into detail on what a patient's static posture in a Dual Density shoe could potentially indicate. You need to ask yourself....
Is the person a supinator in a stiff shoe?
Is the person an over-pronator that statically stands in excessive supination for support?
Could a Tibial Varum be influencing the position of the foot?
Where exactly is the pronation occuring? Rearfoot or Midfoot/ Forefoot Pronation?
These are all valid questions and performing that differential diagnosis is important! The answer is, it all depends on that individual patient. You must do a complete evaluation with the shoe on and shoe off to see how the patient reacts in both circumstances.
Note: Since the Gait Guys have a continuous, running blog, you might have to scroll down to November 21 Post (look for dates on the left side of the blog to see the specific article we are discussing. Look for the title "Dual Density Foam Running Shoes."