Foot problems can be indicators of more serious health issues. Shoe companies holding a seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) are noted to contribute to proper foot health for people suffering from foot conditions. Proper walking shoes have preventive and corrective measures, including proper support and cushioning for ankles, soles and heels.
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Proper Walking Techniques
A walker’s foot hits heel first and should roll off the heel upward. Low supportive heels that are rounded are best to help you walk properly and will reduce conditions with feet, joints and legs.
Rockport styles are highly noted by the APMA Seal of Acceptance. Rockport shoes provide comfort in support of standing and walking for long periods of time. The soles are stiff and the shoe isn’t considered very stylish, but the design is consistent with good foot health.
Limited to the summer months, the Birkenstock sandal is one of the most popular walking-shoe styles. The shoe offers styles for men and women.
The Nike brand is synonymous with great running and basketball shoes. With the new technology enhancements of the Free line, the brand is entering the comfort walking market. Nike Free 5.0 are lightweight and comparable to walking barefoot. The shoe has minimal cushioning and is extremely flexible.
Z-coil shoes are a favourite among professionals in the nursing field and others who have to stand and walk all day on hard surfaces. The shoes feature a cushioned spring in the heel and heavy cushioning in the front.
Masai Barefoot Technology shoes have no heel; they force you to roll from heel to foot with each step, which is the proper walking technique. The shoe is heavy and takes getting used to, but is recommended as a solution for problem feet.
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