During the spring months you may start walking, running, and getting your summer body in shape and picking up some workout routines. One of the most important factors to keep in mind when beginning to exercise regularly is proper foot wear. Many people are unfamiliar with the best kind of shoe for a certain activity. Whether it is walking, running, hiking, or weight lifting, you need to properly support your feet.
Most people chose shoes according to fashion and comfort but this often not the ideal way to choose the best shoes for your feet. You should see your podiatrist for the proper evaluation of your specific foot type, and remember that not all feet nor shoe is created equally. It is important that when wearing walking shoes, they are comfortable and fit your feet. Proper fitting and sizing can help prevent injuries such as abrasions, blisters, and calluses. A walking shoe should also be fairly lightweight and provide good shock absorption.
There are so many different shoes to choose from and it is important for you to know your foot type as well as an evaluation by your podiatrist when deciding to purchase a new shoe. Barefoot or minimalist shoes are only made for a certain foot type and not for people with pes planus or ‘flat feet’, most running shoes have extra heel cushioning and a low cut around the ankle to allow for proper ankle motion and stability. Running shoes should be replaced every 200 – 400 miles, depending on usage. However, the average runner will sustain an average of one injury per year which is not dependent on the amount of miles you have on your shoes but is due to training errors, such as over usage, and are responsible for at least 50 % of all injuries. Any type of very flexible shoe, flats, sandals, and flip flops, can cause more problems when doing any kind of walking activity in them for long periods of time. They offer no heel support, no ankle support, and no arch support which can lead to painful foot problems such as metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673-3668.