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What to Look for in Walking Shoes

When searching for the ideal walking shoes, prioritize comfort and fit above all else. Ensure that your shoes provide adequate support while accommodating the unique shape of your feet. Before shopping for walking shoes, it may be wise to visit a podiatrist for a gait analysis and to see if any foot abnormalities may indicate the need for custom-made orthotics. Look for shoes with cushioning and stability, but don't assume that more cushioning is always better. Instead, opt for a balance that promotes natural foot movement. Try on shoes later in the day when your feet are at their largest. Bring along socks of the thickness you typically wear, and test the shoes by taking a few laps around the store to assess comfort and fit. Ensure there's enough space for your toes to wiggle and that there's at least a finger's width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. For help with foot problems associated with walking, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist 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 offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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