Exercise can help you lose weight and improve your bone and joint health. Unfortunately, many people avoid exercise because it hurts their feet.
If your shoes often feel uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Roughly 62 percent of adults in the U.S. want their feet to be more comfortable in their shoes. A 2018 survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association also found that 81 percent of Americans with obesity experience foot pain and foot and ankle conditions.
Wearing proper footwear is one place to start to alleviate foot pain. An orthopaedic specialist can tell you whether you need to wear orthotics to support your feet.
It’s also important to make sure you wear the right shoe for the activity you want to do. If you like walking, buy a walking shoe. The same goes for running or playing sports like basketball. All these types of shoes have different construction that take into account the kind of movement you’ll be making.
Here are six tips for shopping to help you find a comfortable pair of shoes:
- Look for a stiff heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. Make sure it doesn’t collapse.
- Check the toe flexibility. The shoe should bend with your toes. It shouldn’t be too stiff or too flexible in the toe-box area either.
- Select a shoe with a rigid middle. Make sure your shoes doesn’t twist in the middle.
- Remember, a proper fit is important. Try to go shoe shopping at the end of the day when your feet are swollen.
- Resist buying a pair of shoes that you think will fit once you break them in. Shoes do not need a “break in” period. In fact, they should feel comfortable immediately.
- Wear socks or tights when you try on shoes if this is what you’ll be wearing with them.
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