Exercise Doesn't Have To Hurt
When you visit Walk, Run & More for shoes, expect to take up to an hour! We don't mind if you do it in a business suit but you may be more comfortable in comfortable clothes. We do a field gait evaluation both on the floor and on our treadmill. The technique draws from foot mechanical analysis, and it also connects the dots from your toes, to your ankles, to your knees, to your hips, and so on. We have a video gait analysis system to help us truly understand your individual gait!
We will then ask you some questions about your history, needs and plans. Do you have any foot, ankle, knee, hip, back injuries presently or in the past? Are there any health concerns (diabetes, arthritis)? Do you have any foot issues (plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, spurs)? This helps us understand the needs of your individual foot.
Next we ask what you plan to use the shoes for; walking, work, treadmill, aerobics, running, day to day comfort? If you are running or walking, how many kilometres do you travel in a week? If you are using them for work what does your job entail, are you standing all day or sitting at a desk, are you walking on pavement? What have you worn in the past? Did it work for you? What didn't work for you? Bring your old running shoes if you have any. Also bring in the socks you normally wear when using your running shoes. We will check your wear pattern and watch you walk or run to check for foot motion (overpronation/underpronation or rolling of the foot in or out), which can lead to injury. The next step is to measure your foot.
Armed with this information, we can narrow down a confusing sea of shoes to a few good options that fit your characteristics. This is the FUN part! You get to try out each pair, figuring out what feels good. At the same time, we will continue to watch you move, evaluating what looks supportive and what appears to meet not only the needs of your feet but also your entire body network! You get to try on a variety of shoes that we feel will work best for your individual needs. After watching you move in these shoes, we will check the fit, including the length and width, instep, rear-foot, and heel. We will also check your foot's anatomy including differences in length, arches, and even your toes. Shoes that are misfit to people's feet lead to injuries.
By now we will have narrowed the selection down to one or two pairs of shoes.
We want to make sure that we have helped you select the BEST PAIR OF SHOES YOU WILL EVER OWN! That's why, when you purchase a pair of shoes, we encourage you to take them on a test run. Wear them indoors around the house, on the treadmill or on the indoor track for about thirty minutes. Your body will tell you in thirty minutes if the shoes are the right ones for you. If there are any issues, so long as you wore them for thirty minutes or less INDOORES, bring them back in and we will exchange them for either your second choice or we will look at some new options.
After all, exercise doesn't have to hurt!