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More Pain-Free Running and Fitness Walking

Running and walking shoes are different. If one runs, wearing walking shoes is not appropriate, as most walking shoes are too stiff and do not flex as is necessary for runners. The same applies for fitness walkers. Fitness walkers should look for running shoes. Luckily since the running market is so big, designers keep up well with the newest materials and technology so there are a wide range of options for different needs. Running shoes vary in cushioning, levels of heel-to-toe drop, and stability. The newer designs seem to provide what is needed with less weight and a more seamless construction to minimize points of friction that can lead to blisters and corns. Walking shoes lag in technology and seem to be designed with comfort as the top priority. While comfort is important, if one is walking for exercise, well-cushioned shoes may cause leg stiffness and many walking shoes are too stiff and heavy for this purpose, interfering with natural foot motion and speed. If you run or walk with fitness goals, consult with a podiatrist regarding best shoe choices for you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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