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The Importance of Choosing the Right Shoe

Monday, 06 May 2019 00:00

Shoes are designed for different functions, and it is beneficial to wear the correct shoes for running and walking. Shoes that are ideal for walking will have rounded heels, and provide the proper amount of stability. This can enable the walker to maintain flexibility as each step is taken. If speed walking is favored, it is helpful to wear shoes that have adequate cushioning, which aids in shock absorption. For people who prefer running, the shoe should consist of a thicker sole, and are made with materials that are lightweight. Additionally, running shoes provide complete arch support, and will help to protect the muscles and ligaments of the feet. If you would like additional information about how to choose walking or running shoes, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from San Antonio New Step. Our doctors 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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