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The type of shoe you choose for your walking or running activity may be the single best insurance you can buy to reduce your chance of injury. I find that most people look for two things in a shoe: cushion and style. The problem here is that cushion, while it may feel good initially, does not offer the stability that most people need. A lack of stability in a shoe can cause the majority of weight-bearing injuries to the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Remember, it is nice to look good while you are exercising, but how can you continue to look good if you are injured?
Where to Buy Your Shoes
I recommend that you buy your exercise shoes from a reputable local running store. Such stores seem to employ more experienced runners/walkers who are excited to share their knowledge with you than do department or warehouse stores. If you do not have a local store, I have had good success with Road Runner Sports; visit them online at www.roadrunnersports.com. The Web site's Shoe Dog (click on "Expert Shoe Help") will help you get into the proper shoe.
What to Bring to the Store
Bring your old running shoes so that store employees can look at the wear pattern, which will help them recommend the proper shoe. They also will be able to tell you whether your shoes are ready to be replaced. If you wear orthotics or insoles, make sure you bring them, as some shoes may be unable to accommodate the extra space needed by these support devices.
Questions the Store Should Ask You
What the Store Should Look For
First, employees at a good store will watch you run down the sidewalk to look at your running gait. This will lead them to certain models that best fit your needs and will also allow them to see which of the ones they have recommended work best. Second, of course, they will also look at the shape, width and size of your foot and the type of arch you have.
Also, check your feet daily for blisters, cuts or sores, and notify your doctor right away if they do not heal. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Some complications of diabetes can be worsened by exercise.
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