Running shoes and walking shoes have different purposes and, therefore, are built differently. Running shoes are lighter in weight in order to facilitate speed and feel light on the feet. They also have a stiffer sole, a thicker heel for support and cushioning, and motion control features built in to reduce pronation and unbridled foot motions. Walking shoes provide arch support. They are generally heavier and offer more cushioning, however, heels should not be as thick as running shoes and soles should be more flexible and bendable. A podiatrist can offer additional advice on specific features you should look for in either a running or walking shoe, based on your individual feet, your gait or running stride, and to help address any biomechanical, structural, or alignment issues you may have.
For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. 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 office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.