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Lindsay Crouse of the New York Times believes that heavily padded bulky sneakers will be the next big thing when it comes to running calling the new trend “maximalist running shoes.” Although they look very similar to the gimmicky walking shoes from a few years ago, Olympic medalist Leo Manzano made the switch and believes the shoes had removed his plantar fasciitis after only a week. Beginning 2010, barefoot running was the new trend in physical activity since major runners believed this would reduce injury and general pain. Unfortunately barefoot runners are finding that their injuries are not going away with the activity causing a change in the number of minimalist runners to maximalists. Runners should not count on this new trend to immediately heal their pain since there is no real proof as of yet that the overly cushioned running shoes will make any real difference. “I don’t know that they are going to be the solution,” Crouse states, but she has a feeling runners will still try.

For more information about getting the correct shoe for your foot type consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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Proper foot supportAs told by American Podiatric Medical Association spokeswoman Leslie Campbell, countless individuals wear shoes that do not have enough foot support.

As physical activity among average people increases, so do the occurrences of foot disorders, particularly for sportspersons. Recreational activities that require rapid side to side actions put your ankles in jeopardy, whereas things such as long distance running threaten heel spurs and pinched nerves.

“We see more young children coming in because they play sports like soccer and wear cleats, which are rigid, don’t absorb shock, cause fatigue and should be worn as little as possible,” Campbell says. Dr. Campbell also advises against wearing cleats off the field and warm up adequately so the joints are supple in the shoe. Kinesiologist Dr. Eugene Charles also suggests keeping feet elevated when at rest.

Proper support is important whether it’s everyday walking or participating in exercise or sport. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

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With the increased popularity in barefoot running, experts recommend that those looking to make the transition do so gradually. Those who transition too fast and too soon incur the risk of suffering a stress fracture or calf strain. This was conducted by a study published by Human Movement Science, which monitored 18 runners who went barefoot after being accustomed to wearing shoes. Still the benefits to barefoot running seem to outweigh these disadvantages if the transition is made properly.

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Impact

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running
-Running barefoot requires landing be done on the front part of the feet as opposed to the heel

Barefoot Running Advantages

-Running and landing on the front feet reduces the impact on the knees and ankles
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved
-Greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

Barefoot Running Disadvantages

-No protection while running, results in cuts and bruises if the runner lands on something sharp.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A customer shops for athletic shoes at a Nike store.Selecting the right pair of shoes to work out in is important in order to maintain your foot health and maximize your results. According to research, poorly sized footwear can lead to adverse conditions. “Symptoms include pain along the inner border of the shin bone of aches and stiffness” said Hilda Scott of ITech Post, “In severe cases, muscle tightness, swelling, redness and lumps may occur in the area of pain”. When shopping for the right exercise shoes in the future, select shoes with the ample wiggle room, arch support and shock absorption. Shoes should have approximately 3/8 to 1/2 inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How to Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

· Make sure your toes are not cramped
· Be able to wiggle your toes
· There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

· foot pain
· knee pain
· blisters
· swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently. The size you wear with one company may not be the same as the size you wear with another.

The biggest concern in buying shoes is comfort. If a shoe does not fit in the store, it will not fit at home either. Comfort should be the ultimate goal when purchasing a pair of shoes.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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