Walking is a great low-impact form of exercise. The best part is, you don’t need much more than an even surface and a good walking shoe. Walking shoes should — above all else — be comfortable. Look for a feeling of stability and flexibility, particularly in the toes. Toe boxes should have enough room to freely wiggle and bend the toes, but not so much room that your foot shifts around. Check for padding to provide shock absorption without weighing the shoe down. Contouring should hug the heels, midfoot and sole. The heel counter, which hugs the back of the heel, should cup the heel and support it without being too tight. For professional advice on walking shoes, and the specific features to complement your particular foot and gait, please consult with a podiatrist.
For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.
Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes
There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.
You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.
Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.
Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.
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