Because walking is a lower-impact activity, many of us don't pay as much attention to the footwear we use when hitting the pavement. Despite walking's lower risk for injuries than high-impact sports like running or basketball, you should remember that walking still puts weight and some impact on your feet and legs. Picking the right shoes, and enhancing them with the best insoles for walking all day, is crucial to preventing injury and ensuring comfort.
In this post, we'll walk you through the benefits of walking as well as common foot problems and tips for finding the best shoe insoles.
You've probably heard of the health benefits of walking. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) argues that walking can drastically improve your health and well-being. Walking has been shown to reduce stress, increase cardiovascular health, and boost immunity. It's no wonder that the "Father of Western Medicine" Hippocrates stated that "walking is the best medicine."
Whether you're racking up the miles every morning before heading to work, strolling in the evening with your dog, or walking around town with your family, continued and consistent walking habits can do wonders for your life.
Walking shoes tend to have thinner soles and less cushioning than other sports-specific shoes. While this may seem like an appropriate trait for lower-impact shoes, your feet still need the same level of arch support, cushion, and shock absorption when walking as when engaging in other activities. In fact, walking can cause many of the same injuries as running, including plantar fasciitis, runner's knee, and Achilles tendinitis.
Remember, the factory insoles in walking shoes are generic. They're made to the lowest common denominator of arch contour. This way, they can fit the majority of people who need that type of shoe. While walking may be lower impact, the weight you put on your feet and legs mean you still need good arch support to prevent injuries. The best insoles for walking all day will have strong arch supports that control for excessive pronation. But before you pick out an after-market insert for your walking shoes, you should make sure you are getting the best shoe for your foot.
Like with any shoe, you need to choose a walking shoe that fits your specific foot structure. Take Tread Labs' Footprint Arch Height Test to figure out what height arch you have.
Do you have lower arches and tend to overpronate? Your excessive inward rolling motion can lead to plantar fasciitis. What about extremely high arches and the tendency to supinate (or underpronate)? This means your arches don't have optimal shock-absorbing capacity when running or walking, which can lead to sore feet and knees. You need to know your feet before buying a pair of shoes and the best shoe insoles for you.
Once you've figured out your foot's shape, you will want to take into account the specific motions inherent to walking. When we walk, our foot's natural motion is a gradual roll from the heel to the toe, with a bend at the ball of the foot during each step. This two-part motion means that your walking shoes need to have enough flexibility in the correct places. To make sure your walking shoes will accommodate this motion, try these steps:
Tread Labs recommends trying on your next pair of walking shoes at a brick-and-mortar store. Only then can you see if the shoe fits correctly and assess its comfort and structural support. Remember these tips when trying on walking shoes:
The key to comfort and support when walking is maintaining proper biomechanics. The best shoe insoles for walking will provide the necessary arch support, no matter your arch height. From flat feet to high arches, your insoles need to provide structured support. Arch support ensures your feet are moving in optimal ways, preventing injury. Tread Labs Stride comes in four different arch heights to insure a great fit for your foot's specific structure. The deep heel cup will concentrate your heel's natural cushioning qualities and reduce at the rear of the shoe.
With arch supports that are guaranteed forever, easily-replaceable top-covers, and a 30-day fit guarantee, Tread Labs Stride insoles will prevent injury and improve comfort. On your next walk, hit the road less traveled - in comfort.
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