Walking is one of the most enjoyable, least expensive forms of exercise out there. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, exercise offers a host of benefits. Walking helps control weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. A brisk walk can burn up to 100 calories per mile or 300 calories per hour. Walking is also a great way to fight stress, depression, and anxiety. If you’re among the more than 67 million adults in our country who have decided that you want to walk your way to better health, be sure to first schedule a checkup with Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic before you hit the trail in the Oklahoma City area. Dr. A Bil Buksh, our board certified podiatrist, will do a complete foot exam and offer helpful information on finding the right walking shoes for your feet.
If the Shoe Fits
Feet generally fall into 3 categories that will impact footwear needs. Pronators are people with relatively flat feet caused by low arches. People with this foot type are prone to rolling their ankles inward and need walking shoes that offer mid-foot support and sturdy uppers. Reinforced heel counters are also helpful for adding stability. Supinators have high arches which tend to result in too much weight going to the outsides of the feet. This foot type will benefit from a more flexible walking shoe with extra cushioning under the ball of the foot for increased shock absorption and a reinforced area around the ankle and heel. People without either of these conditions have normal feet and can buy any good quality walking shoe that fits comfortably.
To ensure you get the best fit and most comfortable walking shoes keep these tips in mind:
- Shop for walking shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at their most swollen.
- Try on shoes with the same type of socks you will wear when walking. If you use an orthotic, bring it with you to the store and try on with your shoes.
- When trying out shoes take plenty of time walking around and make sure you walk on a hard surface, not just a carpeted area to check for comfort.
- Run your hand all over the inside of the shoes to check for seams or patches that might irritate your foot.
- Choose lightweight, breathable materials.
Shoes that don’t fit properly or provide adequate support can lead to foot injuries or pain. The most common of these foot problems are blisters, corns, calluses, and plantar fasciitis. For more information on fitness and your feet, visit our website.