How to choose a good walking shoe

How to choose a good walking shoe

How to choose a good walking shoe

Spending long periods walking around in the wrong type of footwear can lead to foot, lower limb and sometimes back pain and injury.

Here are some tips on how to choose a good casual shoe.

  1. Ensure that the length of the shoe is appropriate. If it is too tight, this could lead to blisters and pain. Allow for a space, the width of your thumb, between the end of your 1st toe and the end of your shoe.
  2. Purchase shoes which have a good fastening mechanism i.e. laces, Velcro straps, etc this will ensure that the foot is held securely into the shoe and avoids it moving around excessively. Excessive foot movement can lead to excessive muscle activity which can result in lower limb over use soft tissue strain injuries. See my blog types of sporting injuries
  3. Ensure that the shoe is well fitting and essentially the same width and height as your foot. Lose fitting shoes can result in excessive foot movement and excessive muscle activity is required to stabilise the foot. A tight fitting shoe can lead to increase friction over the muscles on top of your foot which can also result in muscle strain.
  4. Ensure there is enough room for all the toes in the front section of the shoe.
  5. Ensure that the shoe has a firm sole which does not bend or twist excessively.
  6. Ensure that sole is made of a non slip material which is relatively dense and provides plenty of support and cushioning.
  7. It is beneficial if the instep of the insole (inside part of the midfoot section of the sole) is slightly raised; so as to support the arch of the foot. This ensures that the force placed on the foot with walking is distributed more evenly throughout the foot and lower Limb which would help reduce the incidents of overuse injury.
  8. Where possible avoid walking long distances in a pair of thongs. This can lead to excessively “gripping” activity of the forefoot muscles.
  9. Where possible use a good quality walking sandal, which can have all the benefits of a good walking shoe.

I hope the above information will assist you in how to choose a good pair of walking shoe.

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