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The Right Shoes Can Make All the Difference | Austin, Texas Podiatrist

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Find the right shoe

Having the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in your running or walking routine.  These two activities place different requirements on your foot and ankle making it important to put the right kind of shoe underneath them.  Running shoes are designed with more cushioning and control because of the forces placed on them.  Walking shoes should still be sturdy but are not as controlling as running shoes.  Obviously, wearing a walking shoe for running can lead to unnecessary stress and problems to your foot and ankle.  The wrong choice in foot wear can have you abandoning either activity pretty quickly.

 

It is a good idea to find several pair of running shoes that work for you. Having several athletic shoes to switch between from day to day offers many advantages.  One is the small differences in manufacturer design.  These little differences can provide enough change to keep your feet from falling into the same motion or strain on one tendon or area.  Just like you alter the distance or speed of your run to constantly challenge you body, wearing different running shoes can challenge your feet in the same positive way.  Switching pairs every day can also give each pair adequate time to dry out.  “Athlete’s foot” can be especially problematic as the temperatures rise, but allowing time for your shoes to dry out is a sure way to avoid it.  Keep in mind that your running shoes should be replaced approximately every 300-500 miles.  The amount of body weight you have can vary this number.  It is important to pay close attention to the wear pattern and structure of the shoe.

 

If you have any question about what type of sneaker is best for you, or you can’t seem to find an athletic shoe that works well, consider having your foot assessed by an Austin podiatrist.  You can set up an appointment by calling 512-328-8900.  A thorough exam of you foot will indicate arch height and positioning, amongst other things.  This exam will identify what types of shoe designs work best for your feet.  Getting into the right shoe can keep you running Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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