Studies show that brisk walking can lower your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. However, walking in the wrong shoes can make it painful for you to reap those benefits.
Ill-fitting shoes can impact how you walk, which can lead to chronic foot pain, cause old ankle injuries to flare, and result in knee and back problems, said Dr. Karl Schweitzer, MD, an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon at Duke. Shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly can lead to blisters and calluses, which can turn into serious infections in diabetics.
“When people come to me with foot problems, I always try to figure out how to get them comfortable without surgery,” Schweitzer said. “That often starts with the shoes they wear every day for walking.”