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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 16, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Long Distance RunningWalking is one of the healthiest activities you can engage in, and there’s no shortage of great places to do it here in the Bay Area. San Francisco and Oakland are two of the most walkable cities in the country, and the East Bay area features plenty of gorgeous trails—for example, the Alameda Creek Region Trail, which follows the stream 12 miles from the mouth of Niles Canyon to the bay.

However, putting that many miles on your feet can be painful and even damaging if you aren’t prepared. Whether you’re looking to add long-distance walking to your regular recreational routine, or whether you’re moving downtown or taking an urban vacation (say to New York or Chicago) and dread pounding all that pavement, follow these tips. Your soles will thank you.

First, you need your shoes to be up to the task. Get a properly fitting pair with lots of room at the toe—at least the width of a thumb between your longest digit and the front of the shoe. Make sure they’re appropriately cushioned and comfortable to wear—shoes should never need to be broken in, but comfortable from the moment you put them on your feet.

Socks are important, too. The best ones will be relatively thin and made from a modern, moisture-wicking microfiber. Thick cotton socks may be comfy at first, but over time can trap moisture or rub uncomfortably against your skin.

If you have any existing foot deformities (bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, etc.), chronic foot pain, or biomechanical issues, long-distance walking can really beat up on your soles. A custom-made orthotic from Foot Doctor of the East Bay can provide the support, stability, and cushioning your arches and ankles need to accommodate the stress of higher mileages.

Along with plenty of water and energizing snacks, you might also consider bringing some moleskin pads for the journey. You may not need them, but if you suffer a blister with 5 miles left to go, you’ll be glad you have them.

For more walking, hiking, running, and exercise tips, follow our blog and check out our free patient library. To schedule an appointment at one of our three area offices, give Dr. Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM a ring at (510) 483-3390.

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