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Factors in Choosing Walking Shoes

Choosing the right walking shoes is essential for ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable walking experience. To find the perfect pair of walking shoes, start by determining where you plan to walk, whether it involves avid treks or easy strolls with your dogs on a short woodland path. Prioritize comfort, looking for shoes with a cushioned heel collar, insole, and midsole to maximize comfort during every step. Additionally, opt for shoes that provide flexibility, allowing your toes to move naturally and ensuring a smooth and steady walking motion. Consider the materials used in the shoes. Synthetic materials, often lighter in weight, provide durability without compromising performance during long walks. If you have wide feet, choose shoes with a larger toe box to prevent discomfort and allow ample room for natural toe movement. Check for sufficient arch support in the midsole to protect and support your feet during walks. Choose lightweight shoes to avoid fatigue and enhance endurance during long walks. Lastly, evaluate whether you need waterproof materials based on expected weather conditions. If you need help in navigating the various factors involved in selecting the right walking shoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis, foot exam, and expert advice.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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