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Health Tip: Shopping for a Walking Shoe

Buy for the bigger foot

(HealthDay News) -- Ready to get walking? It's great exercise, but first make sure your feet are equipped with the proper walking shoes.

AARP.org offers these suggestions:

  • Always measure your feet and shop for the size of the largest foot.
  • Look for shoes that accommodate your special feet, such as those for flat feet or high arches.
  • Opt for a cushioned, supportive shoe if you struggle with knee, back or heel pain. If you have pain in the big toe, look for a wide, soft shoe.
  • Choose shoes that fit your environment, for example, waterproof shoes if you live in a rainy climate, soles with traction for a snowy climate, or more protective shoes if you walk many miles each week.
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