How to Pick the Right Shoe!
Believe it or not, walking places extraordinary demands on your body. Did you know that you can feel walking injuries in many places, especially in your feet! If you notice an of the below symptoms, the first thing to do is STOP, then consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Plantar's fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendon that runs along the bottom of your arch, you may feel pain in your arch, heel or forefoot, especially when you first step out of bed in the morning. Please pay attention to this as soon as you notice it! Ignoring it will only allow it to get worse. Common solutions are ice, stretching of your foot and toes, rest, and checking to be sure you have the correct arch support in your shoes.
Sore toenails or black toenails
Sore toes/ toenails are generally caused by shoes that do not fit correctly, specifically, a size too small. When you are buying your walking shoes, be sure to size them at least a thumbnails width too large...and try them on at the end of a long day on your feet. Why, you ask? When we walk our feet actually swell, so we must be sure they have the room to do so comfortably!
Blisters and corns
Blisters and/or corns are also caused by an ill fitting walking shoe. If your shoes do not fit snug through the heel and/or arch, your feet will move around in your shoe, causing friction. Continuous friction will cause blisters and corns. There are many over the counter remedies for these problems, but the best idea is to prevent them by wearing correct, well fitting footwear and perhaps wearing blister free socks.
You may have noticed a recurring theme...the correct fitting shoe can help you avoid many foot injuries! So, please, visit your local athletic shoe store and get fitted for the right shoe!