If you are a fitness walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be firm, which helps to limit movement in the heel area and pronation of the foot which can cause plantar fasciitis - a common cause of heel pain. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility. A removable insole is beneficial as it will allow Dr. Friedman to fit you with an orthotic which will help your foot function more efficiently and help to prevent various types of foot problems.
Dr. Friedman advises purchasing a fitness shoe at least 1/2 size larger than your foot measurement. This will help to accommodate for the thicker socks which are usually worn during fitness activities. The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock. It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around.
There are many excellent brands available including:
Asics, Avia, Brooks, New Balance, and Nike. Dr. Friedman can help you decide which one might be best for you. Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to get the exercise that is important to maintaining good health.
For more information, please call us at 440-934-8444 to schedule an appointment or use our Online Appointment Form.
Roger Friedman, DPM
5321 Meadow Lane Court
Sheffield Village, OH 44035