An Excerpt from Happy
Walking and Your Feet
Everywhere we turn, we hear about the benefits of walking.
Walking is the perfect low-impact exercise for developing and
maintaining fitness. Good health, increased energy and muscle
tone, fitness, and weight loss are all benefits of a routine
walking regimen. A walking routine can also reduce the risks of
heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. But
walking can also stress the joints, strain the muscles, make
the feet susceptible to hot spots, blisters, and lead to
problems with toenails, stubbed toes, sprains, and strains.
Walking requires very little basic equipment-shoes, socks,
and insoles. Yet the war against foot problems can be lost when
one of these three is ill fitting. Our feet are unique. Even
though yours may look similar to mine, they are as different as
our fingerprints. Although our feet may fit into the same size
and shape of shoe, there are differences in how our feet
actually mold into the shoe.
Walking becomes more enjoyable when you become aware of what
makes a good fit in your shoes. This involves everything from
choosing the best socks to treating common foot problems.
Each walker needs to find what combination of shoes, socks,
insoles, and foot care works for them. Everything you put on or
around your foot becomes related to how well your foot
functions. That's the goal of this booklet-to help you get the
most enjoyment out of your walking experience.