The Right Shoes

photo credit: smcgee via photopin cc
photo credit: smcgee via photopin cc

In the past 9 months, I have had a couple of injuries that have prevented me from doing my normal walking.  I had a stress fracture in my knee last fall and this spring I had an injury with my foot.

I have to admit, after the pain that I experienced with my knee, I was very hesitant in getting back outside and walking/running again.  The stress fracture was a result of running and I was very nervous about injuring the knee again.  Since I enjoy walking and running outside, my orthopedist suggested better shoes.  The shoes that I had purchased were expensive enough and they were advertised as running shoes but I have learned that not all running shoes are the same.  The padding can be different between brands and shoes and you need to find the correct shoe for you.  My shoes were great for running on a soft surface such as a track or treadmill but they didn’t have enough padding for the hard surface.  After speaking with someone that is an avid runner, she suggested that I go to a store that specializes in athletic shoes.

I decided to try out one of those stores and I learned a good bit and I think that I was fitted for the correct shoe for me.  In the past, I would buy a shoe that was generally in my price range, comfortable and that looked good.  As soon as I went into the store, I explained my issues about the stress fracture and that I needed something that would absorb the pounding on the pavement.  I was measured to check out the correct size and then the salesperson had me walk in my bare feet to see how I walked.  She also looked at the bottom of my shoes to see the wear of the shoe.  All of that helps in deciding the correct shoe.

After measuring my feet for size, looking at my shoes and the way that I walk and knowing the which type of padding that I was looking for, the salesperson brought out several shoes.  All of them fit my needs but now I had to make the decision about what felt the best. That was the most important to me.  I narrowed them down to 2 different shoes.  I tried them on a treadmill and they both felt good but they did each feel different.  Not knowing which ones to really decide on, the salesperson suggested that I try one of each shoe and try the treadmill again.  That was extremely helpful.  It was easier to make the decision.

Now that I have found the shoe that I like, I will purchase those again.  I keep those shoes for exercising and once I reach 300 miles, I know it is time to replace them.

Exercising doesn’t have to cost a lot but I think having the correct shoes is a must.  I didn’t pay too much attention to it before other than replacing my shoes every 6 months but now I realize there is so much more to getting the best shoe.  Checking out the best shoe for you does take a little time but it is much better than dealing with an injury.  I am very happy with my new shoes and I think that they look good too!

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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