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Walk Your Way to Fitness

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and the President’s Council is challenging adults to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we wholeheartedly endorse this challenge. Getting fit has many obvious benefits for your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight which reduces the stress on your feet. It also helps control blood sugar levels which can help prevent diabetes, a disease that can have crippling affects on your feet. One of the best and easiest ways to get fit is by walking. It’s free and can be done alone or in a group nearly anywhere.

Choosing the Right Shoes

The one piece of equipment that you need for walking is sneakers or walking shoes. The shoes you pick should be specifically designed for walking. Also, if you have a particular foot shape or arch issues, our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. can offer suggestions about the best walking shoes for you after examining your feet and gait. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you shop for walking shoes:

  • Get your feet measured by an experienced shoe fitter.

  • Try on shoes at the end of the day—that’s when your feet are most swollen, and also wear the socks that you will wear when you walk to get an accurate idea of fit.

  • Shoes that lace up have better stability and control then Velcro.

  • Choose breathable materials that allow air circulation around your feet.

  • Make sure the toe box is roomy enough—there should be approximately half an inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

  • Check the inside of the shoe for loose stitching or seams that stick out that can cause blisters.

  • Be sure your shoes are comfortable when you buy them—a “breaking in” period is a myth!

  • Replace your walking shoes every 300-600 miles.

To learn more about fitness and your feet, make an appointment at our Reading office by calling: (781) 944-4044.

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New England Foot & Ankle Specialist

30 New Crossing Road

Suite 311

Reading, MA 01867 US

(781) 944-4044