Identify Your Foot Type With This Simple Quiz

August 7, 2018 - 3 minutes read

Are you an over-pronator, a supinator, or something in-between?

Looking to buy some new sneakers but not quite sure where to start? Take this quiz to find out which type of foot profile you’re sporting.

Take the Quiz

1) Take your shoes off and stand with your feet hip width apart, toes facing forward. Without correcting, slowly bend into a squat position. What happens to your feet and knees?

a) feet roll inwards and knees move noticeably towards each other
b) feet roll to the outsides and knees point straight forward or roll outwards away from each other
c) feet look the same as they did when you were standing and knees roll in slightly

2) Grab an old pair of running shoes and flip them over. How would you describe the wear-pattern (the areas that now look smooth) across the soles?

a) majorly worn down along the outside edge of the heel and the inside of the sole near the big toe
b) concentrated to the outside edge of the sole
c) evenly worn down under the heel and along the ball of the foot (slightly towards the big toe)

3) Have you ever had any of the following injuries?

a) pain behind the kneecap, IT band syndrome and/or plantar fasciitis
b) stress fractures, shin splints and/or pain on the outside of the knee or shin
c) I’ve never had knee issues

4) Your arches…

a) are low or completely flat
b) are very high
c) sit normally

That’s it! Tally up those letters and find out where your feet fall.

Identify your foot type

Mostly A’s? You over-pronate.

What this means:

Your foot rolls excessively inward during your gait. After your heel lands, the ankle rolls too far to the inside, forcing the big toe to work overtime in order to push the foot off the ground again.

Mostly B’s? You supinate.

What this means:

Your foot does not roll inwards enough during your gait. After your heel strikes the ground, your weight gets transferred to the outside of the foot and it stays there throughout the remainder of the motion until you push off the outer toes to begin the next stride.

Mostly C’s? You pronate normally.

What this means:

Your stride is efficient. After your heels strikes the ground, your foot comes down to create a stable platform on the ground before it rolls about 15 degrees inward to allow you to push off slightly towards the big toe.

How to use this information

Now that you know what type of foot profile you have, use this information when determining how to pick the right running shoes.