In an average lifetime, we walk about 100,000 miles, which seems tough on our feet. Yet our bodies were designed for moving, not for standing still, so walking is good exercise for you.
Walking helps the muscles and ligaments in our feet to work more efficiently and helps to keep them flexible and supple. If you sit around a lot in your home or in your job, try to get out and walk briskly for 30 minutes every day.
Feet are abatable and can withstand a lot of pressure until they rebel. If you walk a lot, it is important that you wear the correct footwear which won’t damage your feet.
Shoes and boots should be flexible for walking and should fit in the following way:
Length: there should be an inch (2.5cm) left from the tip of the big toe to the end of the shoe.
Width: shoes should be wide enough to allow the toes to move freely. If they are too narrow, corns will develop on the toes.
Depth: shoes should be deep enough so the toes don’t push against the upper part of the shoe.
Sole: the sole should be tough and long-lasting (usually made from rubber rather than leather), to offer both protection and grip.
All footwear should have lace-up fastenings to keep the heel firmly in place. This will help to prevent blisters and keep the toes from moving forwards, which is especially important when walking down hill. Never walk without a pair of good quality cotton or wool socks. Wearing two pairs of socks is a good idea and helps to stop blister formation.