Understand your type of stride; neutral, pronation or supination

Designed specifically to support the arch of the foot, our “Twist” compression socks help correct the pronation or supination of the foot. Whether it’s our ankle Striker compression socks, our Crew compression socks or our long compression socks, our “Twist” socks make it possible to improve the posture and efficiency of any foot movement. They are also designed to stimulate the first blood pump that will help reduce foot inflammation. A single twist on one side or the other will help correct pronation or supination and prevent injury.

But what is Pronation and Supination? What kind of stride do you have?

Pronation
Pronation is when the foot tends to roll inward in stride.

Supination
Supination is when the foot tends to roll outward in stride.

There is also a neutral or universal stride
A neutral stride is a perfect alignment of the foot.

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How to determine if you are pronator, supinator or neutral?

Although the best thing remains to consult a health professional, a podiatrist, can generally determine your type of stride. On the other hand, if you suffer from pain or have serious problems with your ankles or sprains, consult a professional.

Some useful tips to determine your type of stride.

First, look at the sole of your running shoes.
The areas of wear on your running shoes will help you determine your type.
If you notice concentrated wear on the inside of the soles, your stride will be pronator type. Conversely, if you notice wear outside the soles, your stride will be supinator type.

Another trick is to dip your foot in a bowl of water and then affix it to a sheet of cardboard or paper (a colored cardboard sheet can usually better distinguish the water mark made by your foot). If you observe a “normal” foot trace, you probably have a neutral stride. If your foot trace is observed by a trace covering your entire foot, a “flat” foot, your type of stride is generally pronator type. And conversely, if your trace is thin, you only see the tip of your heel and toes; your stride type is usually supinator type.

Determining the type of stride is crucial for any runner. It’s even more crucial when buying your running shoes. Indeed, some running shoes are designed per the types of stride. Poorly choosing your running shoes can result in injury. Better to avoid them.

Our Compression “Twist” socks

To continue with our Compression “Twist” socks that help correct the pronation or supination of the foot.

The design of our “Twist” socks is made so that to help correct the pronation or supination of the foot, simply “twist” the bottom side to the top. To do this, put the bottom on the toes with the underside on top (with the number designating the size and the letter designating the right or left side) on the top of your toes. Then…

To correct the pronation; turn downward to the heel.
To correct supination; turn downwards inwards to the heel.

The heel should be in place, in its right position. Only your toes will be positioned in reverse (bottom on top). See the video below for more detail.

This brings us to mention that it’s for this reason and by the advanced design of our socks that we have a “right” and a “left” socks. Do not interchange the sidings, they are designed to be worn in the right foot.

Our “twist” compression socks are medical grade. Their compression level, measured in mmHg, is 20-25 mmHg. The compression will increase for our ankle socks when they are “twisted”, it is the same for our low long twist socks once “twisted” in recovery mode for a level of 25-30 mmHg of compression.


 

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