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DRAGONS4ME

12/17/2012 1:36:10 PM

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what if you have high arches and tend to walk with your foot rolling to the inside like it says for low arches? my arches are high enough i cant find shoes with good enough arch support and i have to add the extra arches in my shoes so that my feet dont start to kill me. but ive noticed lately that my right foot tends to roll inward when i walk ending up with my ankle and calf hurting. my left foot tends to roll outward. i know im weird. ive tried changing the way i walk by paying attention to my steps and making sure i step a certain way but it just wont change. when im not wearing shoes i noticed my right foot still rolls to the inside. hell when my foot is just resting on the ground i can feel that most of the weight is on my arch not the whole foot.

VOLKERPUP

10/17/2012 10:59:20 AM

It is a proven fact that our feet were healthier WITHOUT shoes. I only wear shoes when I have to. My mom and dad always say there are three things in life you should spend good money on: A decent pair of shoes, A good bra, and a quality mattress. So if you have to wear shoes, and many of us do, don't go cheap. When I was in basic we had a MAJOR shoe issue. The shoes they had issued us were causing our arches to fall. I won't name the shoe brand but they are the common, cheapy, wannabe nike shoe. The military soon went to Nike after the other shoe failed so miserably. =)

MARTY32M

10/9/2012 9:44:45 PM

I don't know how it is today, but when I was a child it was a known fact that babies had to have shoes as soon as they started walking. I have no idea how a species that walked without shoes for millions of years evolved to be unable to walk without shoes. I'm not exercising now because I just had abdominal surgery, but before that I did weight lifting and Tabata workouts in my basement wearing nothing, no clothes, no shoes, no problem.

-SHOREIDO-

10/8/2012 11:47:20 PM

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I'm not a long time member but long enough to know that Coach Nicole is going to be instrumental in bringing the world to it's feet again!!
I came to Sparkpeople a sad and unhealthy person. Smoking and not feeling great. A 68 yr old senior. I had a plan though and it was to turn myself around(Thanks to good doctors).
Looking for exercises on my computer led me to meet up with Coach Nicole who introduced me to Sparkpeople.com.
It was obvious to me that this very young person had spent a great deal of time gaining the knowledge she needed to guide others along the path to fitness and good health. I do have to admit to doubting this "cherrub" appearance Nicole carries would or could motivate anyone that was in the shape I was in, BUT motivate she did, providing a vast amount of good solid advise in her video's. This led to the DVD's and the saga continues till today.
The smoking is gone. I'm on my way! Jogging and looking @ biking....whatever.
I can't thank Coach Nicole, my fellow Spark members and Sparkpeople.com enough for helping me back onto the right path. I feel so great.
"Merci beau coup" (Thank you very much)
ginny

GOLFCHICK2-0

10/8/2012 12:21:23 PM

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I went to a local running shoe store and was properly fit for a pair of running (actually walking shoes) for the first time. I might not always buy shoes there, but the extra expense was well worth it!!

I also learned that for Zumba (which I didn't see mentioned in this article) and like exercises, flat soled shoes with good support for the front of the foot and arch work best no matter what type of floor you are on.

JINNYA

10/8/2012 8:00:36 AM

I used to have problems also with fitting athletic shoes until I started using shoes from Roadrunner.com. They have recommendations for how much to upsize the shoe from your street shoe size. Sometimes it is a half size, sometimes a whole size. As a matter of fact, I always call them. I have been buy shoes there for over 10 years and have always been extremely satisfied. They can address fit, use, compare to other discontinued styles. It's great. They let you know when "your" shoe is being discontinued so you can buy an extra pair. Shoes that sell really well, they stock up on and have for awhile. They can also tell you on the phone if you are getting close to a sales point where you should buy another pair and save another 20-25%. AND if the shoes don't work out, return them, WORN, in up to 90 days. That was the end if the sore foot and toes for me. I wear an AA so there are few choices in the stores without alot of searching and wasted time. Shoes come in about 3 days. Can't beat it!

JINNYA

10/8/2012 8:00:36 AM

I used to have problems also with fitting athletic shoes until I started using shoes from Roadrunner.com. They have recommendations for how much to upsize the shoe from your street shoe size. Sometimes it is a half size, sometimes a whole size. As a matter of fact, I always call them. I have been buy shoes there for over 10 years and have always been extremely satisfied. They can address fit, use, compare to other discontinued styles. It's great. They let you know when "your" shoe is being discontinued so you can buy an extra pair. Shoes that sell really well, they stock up on and have for awhile. They can also tell you on the phone if you are getting close to a sales point where you should buy another pair and save another 20-25%. AND if the shoes don't work out, return them, WORN, in up to 90 days. That was the end if the sore foot and toes for me. I wear an AA so there are few choices in the stores without alot of searching and wasted time. Shoes come in about 3 days. Can't beat it!

BROOKLYN_BORN

10/8/2012 6:36:56 AM

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Thereís a lot of good basic information in this article. I donít agree with everything, but I donít agree with many of the absolute pronouncements in the comments either. I spent my childhood either barefoot or in sneakers that were just a covering of canvas. I also had a lot of foot and leg pain. My daughterís coach recommended shoes that resulted in knee pain. A switch of shoes resulted in dozens of marathons included Boston.

I donít need the expensive racing flats of professional runners, but I do need something thatís right for me. We all have to find our own path to living healthy, following basic guidelines but adapting the information to our own unique selves. Itís the same with our shoes. One size or method does not fit all.

Perhaps women could improve their overall foot health by limiting the time spent in shoes designed for fashion not comfort? But, thatís another story.

FLORENCEANN06

8/19/2012 1:30:22 AM

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I went to a running shoe store and bought the perfect pair of shoes for $120. Last week I started running barefoot. In order to ease into it, I did one day barefoot and the next day in my expensive running shoes. The shoes made my feet feel weighed down.

I was always told that good running shoes are worth investing money in. The more expensive the better. Surprised to learn that the truth is the more expensive the shoe, the more prone to injury the wearer is. Barefoot is the cheapest AND healthiest option.

FLECKEREL

8/11/2012 3:32:22 PM

Recently recent has come forward showing that those expensive specialty running shoes are more likely to cause injury than inexpensive or scaled down light (or no!) running shoes. Our feet can't function correctly with all of the padding, stability or motion control, which changes the biomechanics of our take off/landing, etc. However, feet that have been wrapped in modern footwear for a lifetime are vulnerable without training them to withstand the force, very slowly and gently, perhaps with minimalist shoes or bare feet only for a small portion of time. This has been shown to relieve many of the issues runners (even other athletes) thought they would have to live with like achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, knee issues, etc. Take it slow to start!

p.s. those trendy rocker sneakers have not been shown to live up to the hype either.... they do not advance any benefit in toning butt or thighs that you would already get from walking, and some have shown that they lose some of the toning benefit - if they don't end up with musculoskeletal issues due to the change in mechanics used to walk in them.....

REBCCA

6/29/2012 8:13:56 AM

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I have been walking for decades and after trying lots of 'walking' shoes I have discovered Kangoo Jumps, I have been wearing them for daily walks for about two years. They are fun, totally protect my vulnerable ankles, and burn double the calories on the same route, time, as wearing my second favorite Z-Coil boots, or standard walking shoes.They are pricey but I did find a second pair on craigslist for over half off. I justify the price as an investment in wellness. I have found they have helped maintain my fitness for bicycling up all the hills where I live.

HEATHERR81

5/26/2012 10:02:54 PM

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rrrr. i wanted to share this on face book wtih my friends! no link to do that. plus i wanted my mother in law to read it. NOT COOL!!!! oh well i learned somehting new and that is what matters. Thanks for the article.

AZURE-SKY

5/26/2012 3:25:03 PM

One thing to keep in mind that the author neglected to state. If one style of a brand's shoes fit well and are comfortable, don't assume that all their styles will fit the same way. I have wide feet, with a high arch/instep & I need a shoe with a wide toe box. I have a pair of New Balance cross trainers that needed replacement. The store didn't have the same style, so I tried on every other pair of New Balance they had, and could not find another pair fit as well, even if I went up 1/2 size. I tried other brands, and their "wide" shoes are too narrow in the toe box.

TKDEAL76

5/26/2012 11:33:32 AM

I realize this was written several years ago, so that being said, perhaps a new article could be looked into based on all the, finally, focused information on barefoot/minimalist. I have gone most of my 35 years being barefoot and whenever I put on "high quality" running, cross trainers and hikers, yes I bought "good" shoes for all of my various activities, my knees, back, ankles, and feet would just be in pain. No matter what I did after the initial first weeks of my new shoes, the comfort would be gone and all of the issues would rear their heads. The promises of relief for my flat foot, my knee and back pain would fly out the window along with the hundreds of dollars spent trying to find the "right" shoe. Then the minimalist shoes hit and I found my answer. I have NO pain anywhere any longer. I can do any exercise with minimalist shoes and be pain free. I am not the only one. My husband who went his entire lie in shoes, never went barefoot anywhere, cured all of his "runners" injuries back pain, foot pain, knee pain even IT band issues, with going minimalist. It took him time to get used to it and to find the correct way to run ( no heel striking like we are taught from an early age) but once he got into it ( about a month) all of his typical pains were gone, vanished, healed like magic. Minimalist shoes often cost MUCH less than the traditional "specialty" shoes as well.

INIT2LIVEIT

5/20/2012 6:45:14 AM

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I have read so many articles about finding the right pair of sneakers, most of which end up geared towards runners.
But they never address those of us that do a lot of kickboxing and jumping that need a lot of good cushioning in the forefoot as well as the heels...

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