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Flexibility and Cushioning Differ in Running and Walking Shoes

Monday, 24 August 2020 00:00

Personal fitness needs can dictate the type of shoes that are worn. There are differences between walking and running shoes, and it is important to choose the right shoe for the chosen sport. Walking shoes generally require less cushioning, and this is a result of less impact as the foot strikes the ground. Many runners are more comfortable with additional padding in the heels, and this may vary with different running styles. It is beneficial for both types of shoes to be flexible, and the type of running or walking that is practiced can typically indicate the type of shoe that is purchased. For additional information about what type of shoes to purchase for walking and running, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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