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The Many Differences Between Walkers and Runners

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Running and walking are two different things and the shoes that are worn for each can vary in many ways. Walking shoes are generally stiffer than running shoes and many people who run, or jog enjoy wearing a shoe that is more flexible. It is beneficial to determine what the style of running is, and this consists of being a toe, midfoot, or heel striker. Running shoes are known for their stability and their ability to help correct overpronation. Comfort is the main reason why people will purchase walking shoes as too much cushioning in the shoe may possibly cause the legs to become stiff. A shoe that is flexible, lightweight, and flat is the type of shoe that fitness walkers prefer, and it is important to ensure the foot does not slide as each step is taken. Runners prefer additional cushioning in the heel and forefoot as this can make striking the ground with force more comfortable. If you would like more information about the many different types of running and walking shoes, in addition to the differences between them, please confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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