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What type of running/ walking shoe should I buy?
This is a difficult question as I have not seen your feet, and shoe manufacturers change and redesign their products constantly. It is helpful to know your foot type and it is best to try on and buy shoes towards the end of the day, as feet tend to be swollen at this time. Remember, running shoes can be used for walking, but walking shoes cannot be used for running. These are general guidelines:
Choosing correct shoes is very important as this reduces the chance for injuries. If you have flat arches (overpronate), you are more at risk for overuse injuries as it is. However, with correct shoes you can reduce your risk of injury.
Remember that your shoes need to be changed every six months or 400-600 miles.
Running and walking shoes lose the ability to absorb shock with use and after 600 miles you may as well be running barefoot, which I do not recommend. Physical therapists treat many foot and ankle problems and many are related to incorrect biomechanics down the kinetic chain from the hip and knee to the foot and ankle. Proper footwear is always a part of the solution, so choose your shoes wisely. Call for your preferred appointment today - Corvallis Sport and Spine Physical Therapy.