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Can Running Be Done in Walking Shoes?

Choosing the right footwear for running is important to ensure a comfortable and injury-free experience. While it may be tempting to wear your everyday walking shoes for a jog, it is not always the best idea. Walking shoes and running shoes are designed with different purposes in mind. Running shoes typically offer more cushioning, support, and shock absorption to handle the high impact forces generated during running. They have features such as breathable mesh, durable soles, and proper arch support. Conversely, walking shoes are designed for smoother, low impact activities. Using them for running can lead to discomfort, reduced performance, and an increased risk of injury. To enjoy your runs and protect your feet, it is advisable to invest in proper running shoes that suit your individual needs, ensuring a more enjoyable and safe experience. It is suggested that you contact a chiropodist if you would like additional information about the differences between walking and running shoes.

Finding the right shoes can sometimes be a major hassle, especially if you intend to work out in them. There are shoes on the market designed specifically for running and walking, but it can be difficult to differentiate between the two and find the right shoes for you. If you’re having trouble finding the right shoes, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

What are the differences between running and walking shoes? 

These two types of shoes vary along several parameters.

  • Cushioning: Runners need more cushioning in the heel and forefoot areas of the shoe, while walkers can get away with less cushioning.

  • Heel height: Runners need a higher heel to provide them with stability, but the ideal height of the heel for runners varies depending on their running gait. Walkers generally don’t need a built-up heel.  

  • Heel flare: Flared heels can help provide extra stability for runners with certain gaits, while walkers may benefit from a flared heel to control the motion of their foot. 

  • Flexibility: Both runners and walkers need shoes that are flexible. 

For more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, and to figure out which shoes may be right for you, please consult with a chiropodist. Feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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