charlotte hilton andersenUpdated December 21, 2022
A sports doctor tells us how to find the bestandshoes forOfIt can help keep you active for years. Podiatrists share their options and the features their perfect walking shoes should offer.
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Andit's the most popular form of exercise with more than 145 million Americans making walking part of their regular routine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The many benefits of walking come as no surprise: regular walks can not only help maintain a healthy weight, but can also help combat or prevent it.heart diseaseand high blood pressure, help to copeglycemia, strengthens your bones and muscles and improves your general mood. The walkability is part of what makes it a fan favorite—all you need is a pair of shoes (and maybe a friend, your pup, and a good podcast or playlist make it even more enjoyable). . But keep in mind: the walking shoes you choose can determine the impact of your walk on your overall well-being in the long run.
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Christopher Varacallo, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP, a sports medicine physician from DuBois, Pennsylvania and a former physician for the NCAA Division I women's basketball team, says, "Starting with a nice, supportive shoe is the essential foundation for a lifetime durable and injury-free. Training routine". Varacallo adds: "When your feet hurt, everything hurts. I see many patients with back, hip, knee and foot problems that could easily be fixed with quality footwear."
And, this doctor adds, when it comes to the needs of your feet, "everyone is different." We spoke with podiatrists about choosing the best running shoes for you based on your foot type and activity level. Here's what these foot experts recommend for anyone looking to boost their performance.
6 points to consider for the best hiking shoe
Because everyone's feet and body are unique, a shoe that's right for you may not be the same for someone else. Here are the factors to consider when buying a good pair of walking shoes:
You need to feel balanced in the shoe you run in. "A stiff heel with a straight or hybrid last increases the stability of the shoe," she explains.Roberto Friedman, DPM, president of Division IX of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a podiatrist with Foot Associates in New York City.
Unique to each person, your arches should feel supported, especially as your mileage increases. "Arch support allows for greater mobility in the big toe joint and aids in proper alignment," said Dawn Figlo, DPM, a member of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, founder ofthe organic foot, Fußchirurg in New York City.
If hethe shoe does not fit, I did not buy it. This may seem like common sense, but many people will try to put their foot in a shoe that is too small, either because they really like the shoe (and can't find it in the right size) or because they think the shoe won't fit. stretches with wear. “Have your foot measured with aBrannock deviceboth in length and width, since the sizes can vary from one brand to another”, says Miguel Cunha, DPM, founder ofGotham City Foot Care, prominent podiatrist, foot and ankle surgeon in New York City.
Another pro tip? "I always recommend shopping for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are the most swollen," Cunha says. "If they're comfortable at the end of the day, chances are they'll be comfortable throughout the day."
A shoe may have everything you're looking for, but if it doesn't allow for proper airflow, your foot is likely to be sweaty and uncomfortable. “Look for shoes with an upper made of breathable fabric. This will also help control moisture and odor," says Dr. Fridman.
Some shoe stores allow you to try on the shoes for a period of time before deciding if they are right for you. Ask for it so you can test the breathability.
wide toe box
Comfort is individual, especially when it comes to the width and shape of your foot. If you have wide toes, a narrow fit probably won't work for you. “A wider toe box prevents toe crowding and reduces impact forThe ball, hammer toe, and neuroma,” says Dr. Figlo.
The flex point of a walking shoe is the point at which it flexes as you walk. "For optimal comfort, the flex point of the shoe should match the flex point of your foot," says Dr. Cunha. “If it doesn't line up with your foot, it can cause problems like arch pain orplantar fasciitis. You can check the flex point of the shoe by holding the heel and pressing the toe of the shoe into the ground. The point where the shoe flexes and wrinkles is the flex point.
With that in mind, we asked our experts to share some of their favorite hiking shoes. According to these podiatrists, these are the best walking shoes for foot health.
HOKA COMO Bondi 7
These shoes have an incredible amount of cushioning underfoot that can handle many, many miles. This is also a very stable shoe and has a built-in meta-rocker that allows for a smooth heel-to-toe transition with each step. dr. In addition to being a favorite among some of our executives, Fridman has this to say about the HOKA One One Bondi 7: “It is my favorite shoe on the market and I recommend it many times a day to people with foot problems. but they want it. with theirs they follow the exercise protocols. It's also surprisingly light."
This is great for all of us, perhaps especially, Dr. Fridman suggests earlier, for seniors.
Asics Gel Contender Walker
If walking is part of your daily routine, invest in this pair. "It offers good foot stabilization and good cushioning thanks to the AmpliFoam midsole," says Dr. Figlo. The interior material is not only breathable, but the shoe also has an Ortholite insole that provides support and comfort while wicking away moisture.
Andador Vionic Classic
Take on the elements in this pair thanks to the water-repellent membrane, and when it's hot and sunny, the moisture-wicking mesh lining keeps feet cool and dry. "I like that this shoe has a biomechanical orthotic that also has an antibacterial top cover," says Dr. Figlo.
Translation: Your shoes are more likely to smell fresh even after extended wear.
Asics Damen Gel Venture 8
For all those heavy feet, this shoe's rear gel cushioning absorbs and reduces shock from your foot for a smoother, more comfortable stride. "These shoes are heavier than others, but they are very durable and can be worn for a long time," says Dr. Cunha. "The advantage of these shoes is that they are designed for all the arches of the foot."
This shoe was developed as a solution for people who suffer from it.plantar fasciitis, heel pain or other foot problems. And this shoe combines comfort with style and looks as good as it performs. "This shoe offers air cushioning and has protective inner workings," says Dr. Figlo. "They're brace-friendly, have a deep, wide toe box, good arch support, and cushioned heels."
New Balance 928v3 Women's Hiking Shoes
If you prefer a low-profile hiking shoe, look no further. But don't let this shoe fool you, even though it looks simple, it's anything but.
The midsole is lined with compression-molded EVA, a springy, rubber-like material, to cushion and support the foot, and the durable outsole can stand the test of time. "Structurally, this style can accommodate most pedal deformities due to the wider toe box," says Dr. Figlo. "Arch support and stability allow for greater comfort and a reduced risk of injury." It also has a removable insole.
Ryka Devotion Plus 2 hiking boot
If you have problems with hammer toe,The ballIf you have gout or arthritis in your toes, then it's important that you buy a walking shoe with an extra-wide toe box to prevent worsening your condition and pain, says Sophia Solomon, DPM, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Manhattan. Specialty. Attention in New York. These Ryka Devotion Plus 2 hiking shoes get high marks for comfort and cushioning and come with a roomier toe box compared to other women's shoes.
Skechers Go Walk Joy Wanderschuh
The best walking shoe is the one you wear often, says Dr. Solomon. These Skechers tick the boxes for comfort, durability, affordability, and fit.
The slip-on style can be useful for people with conditions that make it difficult to bend or tie shoelaces, she says. Plus, their casual look doesn't scream "training shoes," so they fit well even when you're out of your gym clothes.
Can't find the perfect hiking shoe? Do Your Own Thing "One secret to healthy feet is customizing your favorite shoe with an insole," says Dr. Salomon. And she suggests you don't need expensive custom braces—technology these days allows for a custom fit with off-the-shelf products.
Your favorites? Adjustable powerstep insoles. (New Balance insoles, he says, are another winner.)
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- Roberto Friedman, DPM, President of Division IX of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Podiatrist of Foot Associates in New York City
- Dawn Figlo, DPM, Member of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Founder ofthe organic foot, Fußchirurg in New York City
- Miguel Cunha, DPM, Grunder vonGotham City Foot Care, noted podiatrist, foot and ankle surgeon in New York City
Originally Posted: March 05, 2020
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