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domingo, 3 de março de 2013

Walking Shoes Should Fit You The Right Way

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Your walking shoes should fit you very well. All walkers should not choose your shoes by the size marked inside of them.

Try the shoe on and see if it feels good on your feet for your walking venture. Do not buy your shoes by the marked shoe size, it could be different.

The walking shoes that you buy should feel real good on your feet. That way you'll get the proper use out of them.

Even though you measure your feet, the shoe size that is marked on the shoe can be different by each shoe style. Most shoe manufacturing companies use a different shoe lasts to build the shoe for each style that they make.

If you are a walker make sure your footwear has enough room in the shoe to be comfortable for you when you are walking.

These are the shoe parts that you should be concerned with when you are buying your shoe:

A) Shoe Sections

1) Toe area 2) Instep of the shoe in the shoe lacing area 3) Across the ball of your feet. 4) The shoes should fit you pretty firm around your heels.

These are the areas of the shoe that you are buying. All of them should have a firm fit, not tight or lose.

B) Shoe Width and Length

1) The width of a shoe is just as important as its length for a good walking shoe to fit you properly.

The proper shoe size fits the widest part of your foot firmly at the base of your toes. This will not let the shoe from sliding from side to side.

2) The length should also be a 1/2-inch (1.27 cm) to 3/8-inch (9525 cm) space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe.

This length of the shoe will allow for your foot to expand in it's lenght when you are walking.

C) Lacing up or Velcro your Shoe

Shoes with laces or a velcro straps let you adjust your shoe's fit especially if your foot swells or any other condition that changes the shape of your feet when you are walking.

If you are a diabetic walker and have no history of foot problems or with any loss of feeling (diabetic neuropathy) in your feet it is very important for you to have a properly fitted shoe.

You may also need a shoe insert that is made of soft material to make sure that your foot is aligned properly when you are walking.

D) Diabetic's walking shoes should fit well especially if you have any of the following foot changes…

1) Numbness or neuropathy in your feet

2) A history of foot sores

3) Any changes in your foot structure

If you are a diabetic your shoes should be fitted by a board-certified Pedorthist or Podiatrist. They are highly trained to know the walking shoe parts.

The assessment, fit, and modification of footwear and foot appliances is their specialty.

People who have lost some feeling in your feet tend to buy shoes that are too tight. The shoe size that "feels" right is often too small and the shoes may cause foot problems.

Normal non-diabetic walkers can buy a shoe that feels comfortable when the try them on. Then you should walk with the shoe on with that same feeling.

E) Shoe depth

An oxford-type of athletic shoe most often has an extra 1/4-inch(6.35 mm) to 1/2-inch (1.27 cm) of depth throughout the shoe.

This allows extra room for any needed orthotics or foot inserts for diabetics and it allows your feet to move the correct way.

A soft orthosis (arch supports) are beneficial for a diabetic walker while a medium one ca be used by the rest of the walkers.

The shoes should not irritate your feet when you are walking.

F) Foot Orthotics or Inserts

Foot orthotics or foot inserts made for diabetics or a normal senior walker are made by a professional.

Taking good care of your feet means making sure you have the best shoes for walking that you can get.

Whether you have been recently diagnosed, have had diabetes for a few years or do not have any foot condition, the proper shoes can help you walk comfortably and prevent serious foot problems from developing.

If you are a diabetic or non-diabetic walker be sure to buy a walking shoe that fits your feet properly, it is one of the most important things that you do for your feet.


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Your walking shoes should fit you very well. Try the shoe on and see if it feels good on your feet for your walking venture. Do not buy your shoes by the marked shoe size, it could be different. I have more walking inforomation at my blog site:
http://www.walking-smart-now.com


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