What shoes can improve your balance while walking?


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Back in Action and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommend shoes with a rocker sole to help with balance and posture problems. These shoes have soles that are beveled at one or both ends of the foot to stimulate better muscle function when walking.

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Rocker bottom or rocker soled shoes are often prescribed by physicians to treat issues such as foot and ankle pain, gait problems and leg deformities. All of these health problems can contribute to poor balance.

The beveled toe of the shoe's sole causes the wearer to rock forward when taking a step, which engages and strengthens the leg muscles more than walking with flat-soled shoes. This muscle strengthening can contribute to better balance after wearing the shoes over several weeks.

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