Looking after yourself

Are You Walking Just Fine?

here are quite a few components to walking correctly; having the right gait, putting the right pressure on the right parts of your feet, and just like buying other fashion items, finding the right pair of shoes to keep you going for the longest is key to walking right! And if you’re someone who sometimes struggles to stay on your feet, or you experience pain when walking, it’s time to think about making your attempts at exercise go a little smoother. 

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Check Your Legs

Your legs might just be where all the pain is when you walk, right? Sure, you may feel it in your ankles or your lower back sometimes, but usually it’s the legs that are the worst offenders. Which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them, and give them a feel from time to time – maybe even visit the doctor if the pain is that bad, just to make sure nothing truly bad is going on in your muscles, bones, or veins. 

In the meantime, know your signs and symptoms. For example, if there’s pain in your heel or the lower leg? You might want to feel your Achilles tendon, and give it a rub now and then; at the same time, keep weight off of it as much as possible, and see how things improve. 

Wear the Necessary Footwear

The shoes you’re wearing could be doing a lot to the way you walk, and not always in a good way! Sure, some shoes are good for ensuring you can walk in a straight line and point your toes forward like normal, and some shoes you wear for posh or fancy events that make you feel like a goddess, but occasions like this shouldn’t be the norm. 

Most of the time, you should be wearing shoes that fit you well, help your feet to feel comfortable and supported, and allow you to walk with no pain. And sure, it can be harder to find a good pair of shoes than people might think, but be sure to look high and low. Hey, why not try out the womens velcro shoes for elderly section the next time you’re in the shop? 

Work to Strengthen Your Lower Legs

And finally, you might want to work on your leg muscles, particularly in the lower half. You calf muscles might be like jelly right now, or they could be really tight and rigid – either way, when it comes to walking, your legs aren’t really supporting you, are they? 

So, why not learn how to do squats properly, as well as lunges, and maybe even a few raises from time to time? Incorporate these exercises into the rest of your routine, if you can, as they’ll do you the world of good if carried out on a regular basis. 

Walking might seem simple, but there’s an art to it, especially if you experience pain when walking. As ever, make sure you see a medical professional!

How To Walk Without Pain

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