Keep on walking!

Walking poles can help take the strain off your knees.

Walking poles can help take the strain off your knees!

Walking Equipment


The key to keeping your feet healthy and comfortable, regardless of the type of walking you do, is wearing properly fitting shoes. When buying walking shoes, try on several different brands, styles and most importantly sizes. Your feet can expand as much as half a size during the day, so shop for shoes in the afternoon or early evening when your feet are at their largest. That will help protect them as they expand during your longer walks. Also, wearing the same type of socks when fitting shoes that you wear when you walk will help you select the right shoe.
To get the best out of your walking shoes, you need to look after them properly. Polish them regularly and, if they get wet, put newspaper inside them and let them dry out completely before putting them on again. It’s a good idea to invest in a couple of pairs so you always have one in reserve.

Top Tips

  • When buying shoes, wear the same socks to the store that you will wear while walking.
  • Try on at least four or five pairs of shoes. Put on and lace both shoes of each pair and walk around for a minute or two.


Good socks not only help your feet feel comfortable within your shoes, but will also keep them dry by drawing moisture away from the feet. Whatever you do, don’t wear 100% cotton socks – they hold moisture against the skin, causing painful blistering. Wool and silk are often found blended with the latest generation synthetic materials. If you find wool too warm or irritating, you could try an acrylic blended sock. Socks made with new material such as CoolMax or DriMax are designed to draw sweat away from the skin, keeping it nice and dry. Double thickness socks are great if people are prone to blisters.

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Calf Muscle Contracture

rock tape

Contracture of the calf muscles are a common problem that can lead to ‘Achilles Injury’. Running on hard ground is a factor that contributes to this which is often unavoidable. ‘Kinesiology Taping’ is a new treatment that is being used in many sports. It aims to relieve excessive tension put on muscles.This was noticeable when watching the Football World Cup, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Over the last couple of years, I have increased my running distance and speed. As a result of this, I have experienced several calf injuries and my left is particularly problematic, no matter how much stretching I do! Therefore, I wear ‘Rock Tape’ (a form of Kinesiology Tape) on my soleus and gastrocnemius muscles to prevent further injury. Applying ‘Rock Tape’ is different to normal taping, therefore, you should seek professional advice.

Please contact Greenpark Podiatrists in Bath on (01225) 424784.

Jasmine, October 2014