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Being heavy puts more pressure on your feet which can lead to many problems. Yet, doctors advise overweight people to make exercise a daily habit in order to improve their health. This is why choosing a comfortable pair of walking shoes is extremely important for overweight men and women.
Here we will focus on shoes for moderate physical activity. The features will be almost the same for running shoes. You'll also find a lot of similarities with flat foot shoes.
But without proper shoes, it's very difficult to exercise without pain. And when foot pain arrives, it's almost impossible to take a simple walk around your block.
Fortunately, some shoe brands have designed walking shoes that take into account all the constraints that obese people may encounter.
Choosing the right comfortable walking shoe for resuming a sporting activity is very complicated. Indeed, there are hundreds of models available on the market with very different characteristics. The ideal characteristics will be close to those of shoes for swollen feet.
The first thing to do is to evaluate the consequences of excess weight on your feet in order to know what type of shoe to choose. Indeed, being overweight leads to different types of foot problems:
Your shoes must first be comfortable. Indeed, if you feel comfortable in your shoes, it will be more pleasant and easier to progressively extend your walking time.
For this, and to avoid injuries, it is important to choose a comfortable shoe without interior seams.
You can find on certain models elastic laces for an optimal adjustment of the tightening of the foot even in case of a strong instep. This type of closure also allows you to tighten your shoes more quickly and easily.
The interior volume
Your shoe must have a larger than normal volume to accommodate a swollen foot. With removable insoles and/or spacers, you can adjust the shoe perfectly to your foot size. Dr Comfort brand sneakers have removable insoles and inserts for a perfect fit.
The width of the sports shoes is also important so as not to squeeze the forefoot. It is important to keep in mind that feet tend to swell when playing sports.
A removable sole
The insole of your walking shoes should be removable so that it can be replaced by your orthopedic insoles if you have them. Moreover, the sole must be able to be taken out and cleaned after your walk.
It is essential that the outsole also provides lasting cushioning with every step and absorbs shock effectively. This will significantly reduce pain in your joints.
The ideal is a semi-rigid, thick biomechanical sole with "Wellwalk" technology that promotes a natural flow of the step without bending the shoe. This sole technology is developed by the Podartis brand.
This type of outsole allows for an even pressure on the foot during the entire support phase of the step.
Your shoes should allow you to walk for a long time without feeling any fatigue.
The textile of the shoe must be breathable and evacuate moisture and perspiration. A good air circulation inside the shoe will allow a better comfort and will avoid that your feet overheat.
The upper of the shoe should be made of breathable textile to prevent overheating. Podowell, for example, offers Sanitized antimicrobial treated linings that ensure optimum comfort and freshness.
Author : Philippe Vesin - Pedorthist