Walking and Running Shoes

What to Consider Before Buying Walking and Running Shoes

If you are a patient with us at BPS you would have surely heard us talk about your “driver profile.” It’s part of the ConnectTherapy style of physiotherapy we do at BPS. We’re here to talk about foot drivers in particular today and what walking and running shoes we recommend at BPS Tensegrity.

There are quite a few feet issues that can present in a physiotherapy consult. Things like; Bunions, Achilles Tendonitis, Metatarsaglia, Neuromas or Plantar Fasciitis, which you can read more about here on the BPS Blog.

No matter what issue you may be facing, the RIGHT pair of shoes will get the job done.

What NOT to Wear

Despite our Australian love of thongs, or flip-flops for our US readers, they are our LEAST recommended shoe, as they can aggravate Hammer Toes, Bunions, and Plantar Fascitis.

In terms of the Aussie Havianna or thong type shoe, Lana says they should only be worn for a short period of time, that they have some arch support, a cushioned sole, and a supportive strap. “These types of thongs/flip-flops are appropriate for use at the beach, near swimming pools, in gym locker rooms, and communal baths, but not for kilometers of walking!”

This Birkenstock is our recommendation if you’re adamant about wearing a thong type shoe.

BPS Tensegrity’s Most Recommended Walking and Running Shoe

Walking is by far the most common form of exercise. According to an Australian report, people are spending approximately 3-3.5 hours per week on their feet. It might be for a leisurely walk with the pet, commuting to and from work, or just as good all round exercise. The advantages it provides are many: not only can regular walking help you keep your weight in check, but also reduce the risks of conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure, manage blood sugar levels, boost bone and muscle strength and lift one’s mood.

While others may prefer or need a sneaker with extra padding or fancy bells and whistles, our #1 favourite is the Mizuno Wave Series. They are just good (pretty) protective foot ware that we can always recommend. It is a low rise shoe without any compensations. Perfect for feet that just need to be feet without all the extra padding and assistance.

For specific issues, there are other running shoes we recommend

Featuring a full-length MoGo midsole that absorbs shock and provides a comfortable ride, Brooks Addiction Walkers provide the perfect balance between cushioning and support.

A classic running shoe, the Asics Gel-Kayano features a supportive upper and comfortable cushioning system.

A generous amount of cushioning and a supportive midsole help to absorb shock and provide a smooth ride in the Hoka One One Bondi 6.

Lastly, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 869v13 The Fresh Foam X has a supportive medial post to provide essential stability. Built for reliability over the long haul and sustained comfort over all distances.

Still Unsure?

We welcome you to bring your current running or walking shoes to your next appointment and your physio can assess them with you.