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President's Prescription

Let the shoe fit the activity

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Are you confused when you buy shoes to work out? Too many choices could stump your routine before you even get started. Your feet are the focus from Dr. Tedd Mitchell.  He's the President of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and this is the President's Prescription.

Many of my patients think there's no difference between running shoes and walking shoes, but the biomechanics involved are different.  Joggers should get shoes that emphasize overall shock absorption.  Walkers need shoes that not only give them heel cushioning but also help shift weight smoothly from heel to toe.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society offers these tips: 

  • When buying shoes, always have your feet measured (don't just go by size). 
  • If you're an excerciser, get fitted after a session, when your feet will be a little larger.
  • When trying on shoes, wear socks that will be worn with the shoes.
  • Since many folks have feet of different sizes, fit your shoe to the larger foot.
  • Make sure there is at least one thumb's breadth of room between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe.
  • Those who have foot or toe problems, such as bunions or hammer toes, should select shoes with wider toe boxes.

Bottom line, if the shoes are not comfortable, don't buy them. The rest of your body will thank you for it...one step at a time. 

From the Texas Tech Health Science Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell with the President's Prescription.

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