Fast Break Athletics is Chattanooga’s premier running specialty store, featuring road and trail shoes from reliable brands Nike, Asics, Saucony, New Balance, Brooks, Inov-8, The North Face, Newton Running and Altra. Our employees specialize in the Fit Process: assessing a customer’s arch, gait, and foot size in order to select the perfect running shoe. We are constantly training our staff on the newest technology, and combined with our decades of experience as runners we’re able to best help our customers.
Runners typically fall into one of three main categories with regard to pronation range: neutral, overpronation, or supination (a.k.a. underpronation). The neutral runner will pronate normally from heel to toe with the right amount of pronation. An overpronator will roll too far inward at the ankles, beyond neutral. A supinator is just the opposite, with weight shifting more toward the outside of the foot.
The wrong shoes can cause significant levels of discomfort or injury, and exacerbate any existing skeletal or muscular issues. Running shoes come in three types:
1) Neutral Cushioning—These shoes are designed for neutral and supinating runners. They’re generally fit for individuals with medium to high arches who are prone to problems like shin splints and ankle sprains.
2) Structured Stability—Runners with a normal to low arch tend to overpronate, so they require stability along the medial (inside) area of the shoe to guide their feet back to neutral.
3) Maximum Support—Flat feet can severely overpronate, creating the potential for numerous biomechanical issues (ankle/knee/hip pain, heel spurs, etc.). Such runners need a very stable platform with ample stability and cushioning.