Walk On Air In Comfortable Shoes

By: Jody Smith

Going for walks is a great way to stay young and healthy. To do it right, your feet need to be surrounded in comfort by a good pair of walking shoes.

Choosing the right shoes is essential, and not to be done in a hurry. Picking shoes that will stand up to regular walks is a decision that can take some time, and require you to browse through plenty of pairs of footwear. If you've ever cut a walk short because your feet hurt and you're getting blisters, you know this is all too true.

Lightweight shoes will make the difference between having an invigorating, relaxing walk, and feeling like your feet are carrying heavy weights.

Protect your arches by making sure your shoes offer the right arch support. If you use custom-made orthotics, or insoles, be sure to bring these with you for your try-ons. What kind of socks do you wear when you go walking? Make sure you are wearing a pair when you go to try on shoes.

Cushioning inside the shoe can mean the difference between a smooth stroll and painful paces as the hard ground jars your feet with each step. If you have arthritis, this is especially important.

When you were little, you may have started out with slip-on shoes. Though you may resist the idea at first, slip-on shoes for seniors can be a great choice, especially if you have stiffness in your fingers or have trouble bending over to do up your shoes. Elastic straps or Velcro can be the perfect solution.

A shoe that fits one foot will not necessarily have a mate that fits your other foot, because no pair of feet matches perfectly. One foot is probably bigger than the other. So don't only try on one shoe and assume the other will be a good fit as well. Put on both shoes and make sure both of your feet are happy.

You can walk around a bit in the store to check the fit. But this won't necessarily tell you the whole story. So when you get home, wear them about the house, preferably in the later part of the day when any swelling and enlarging of your feet is happening.

Once you've picked the shoes you want, you may be raring to go on a long walk, but hold back for the time being. Wear them around the house and for short treks so they can get broken in gently without hurting your feet.

A few days of this should be enough to put you on good footing for extending the length of your walks. Listen to your feet during this process. If your heels start to complain or you develop a few tender spots, you know it's too soon to go on a marathon walk.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for Empowher.com

Sources:

How to Choose Comfortable Walking Shoes

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/seniortravelbasics/ht/HowToFindShoes.htm

Elder Friendly Guide to Walking Shoes

http://www.eldergadget.com/articles/buying_guides/elder-friendly-guide-to-walking-shoes-10670.htm

Related Links:

Common Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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Learn Faster -- Put On Those Running Shoes: Study

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