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The right footwear for running and walking

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I recently had the opportunity to give a talk on sports injuries to athletes and runners in my city, I felt welcomed and enthusiastic to continue to bring my knowledge to these people. We will talk about the ideal footwear for walking and running.

Throughout my life I have heard many jokes about women and their undeniable love of buying shoes. There are even those who claim that shopping and coming back with a few beautiful models is one of the most effective techniques to combat sadness or stress and lift your spirits. I don't know if it always works, but I can say that I have used it once and it did help me feel much better!

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Normal Foot

Normally, the weight of the body should be distributed between the front of the foot and the heel, the latter being the one that would have to bear more than half the weight, when we are standing. High-heeled shoes, for example, have a minimum of support surface in the heel (sometimes only one square centimeter) so they change the natural distribution of weight, moving it to the front of the foot and overloading the toes. The higher, the worse.

But that's not all. If the shoe besides having high heel is toe, it makes the toes collide with each other with each step and that they are also pressed against the front of the shoe, which in the long run causes deformation. The so-called claw toes, bunions, calluses and inflammation of the soft tissues appear. The pressure on the big toe hinders the correct posture when walking, overloading the bones of the foot and affecting the joints.

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The right footwear

There are several criteria to take into account to choose the right footwear and one of them is the use we will give it. In general it is necessary to prefer comfortable shoes to walk for long hours and in different surfaces. If we feel good with a shoe after wearing it for a long time, then without a doubt it is the right one.

The right shoe should meet some basic requirements. It should fit comfortably into the foot and provide support and support. It is important to remember that although we think they are the same, the feet are different from each other, so when choosing and buying shoes we must make sure that both are comfortable.

The only way to choose a good orthopaedic shoe is to consult a specialist. He or she is the only one who can determine the special needs of your feet and advise you on the models that best suit them. Fortunately, every day there are more beautiful designs of orthopedic shoes for both men and women, so having to wear this type of footwear doesn't mean you won't be able to look good.

Dr. Leopoldo Maizo - Orthopedic Surgeon

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