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As part of our series on Walking, we wanted to find some good resources for you on walking shoes.   When you go to a store that sells footwear it can be overwhelming…walking shoes, running shoes, hiking shoes, there are literally 100s to choose from.  Up next, we are sharing a fantastic article that outlines everything you need to know about buying walking shoes for seniors!

Shoes for Seniors by Jeff Hoyt, Editor in Chief, Senior Living.org

No matter what age you are, you need to have a good pair of supportive shoes on your feet. As you get older, your feet begin to change, making the need for a solid pair of shoes even more important.

As we age we lose fat protection in the bottoms of our feet. This causes the heel to press more firmly against the floor. When this happens your feet can become more tired and irritated. A good pair of shoes can lessen this discomfort. Without the proper shoe, a minor irritation can result in a heel spur and other problems.

Benefits of a Good Pair of Shoes

Besides being comfortable, a good pair of shoes has many other benefits for you and your feet.

  • Reduces injuries and falls. As we get older, we tend to lose our balance, leading to injuries and falls. A sturdy pair of shoes can help us feel more grounded, thus reducing the number of injuries and falls. Our feet can also change in shape as we age leading to problems like flat feet and other issues due to weak muscles. These changes in the feet can also leave seniors feeling imbalanced and make them more prone to falls.
  • Keeps us active. If you’re wearing a good pair of shoes that is comfortable and supporting your feet, you’re more likely to move around. When we keep moving we are helping to improve our heart health as well as prevent other medical issues like obesity and diabetes. Investing in a good pair of shoes is good for your health!
  • Weak feet lead to other problems. When you don’t have a solid pair of shoes, your feet can become weak, leading other body parts to overcompensate for what the feet are not doing. Back problems and knee problems are common issues that can result from wearing inadequate shoes. When you wear shoes that are good for your feet, your whole body reaps the benefits.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Pair of Senior Shoes

While the appearance of a shoe may be the first thing we think about, sometimes you need to take safety and strength before you think about the look. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of sturdy shoes that also look great. But, that’s not always the case. Here are some things to consider before taking out your wallet.

 

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