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What is a walker's most common first injury?

The most likely first injury for beginner runners and walkers is shin splints - painful shins.

Have you ever had pain or tender pain or tenderness along the inside of the shin, usually about halfway down the shin? This pain and tenderness may extend to the knee as well. If so, you've suffered the pain of shin splints before!

Just one run or walk can cause shin splints. One run or walk can be over training for your body...if you start too vigorously, exercise on too harsh a surface such as concrete, or use poor shoes.

How can I avoid a walker's most common first injury?

  1. Get Fitted Properly
  2. Get the Best Shoes for Your Body
  3. Get Tested by the Human Kinetics Graduates at Kintec Footlabs
Shin Splints are usually caused by an overuse or overtraining injury. It is particularly common when hills are involved. Other factors can lead to shin splints including:

i) Foot mechanics
ii) Activities such as excessive running on hard surfaces (such as concrete pavements)
iii) Individual: Your walking style - Walking on your tip-toes or flat footed can increase your chances of developing shin splints.
iv) Incorrect or worn shoes - Worn out shoes, shoes without good cushioning, or shoes that are the wrong design for your foot mechanics make you more succeptible to shin splints.

You can prevent this by getting tested and fitted properly by the Kintec Human Kinetics specialists. Visit the experts who have been university educated in the mechanics of the human body. It does not cost any more and your body will thank you.

How do I know if I have the right shoes?

Do you think you have the right shoes? Are you sure?

Be sure...Bring in your existing pair of shoes during our Tuesday Tech Nights. Whether they are athletic shoes, dress shoes, or even skate shoes, we'll test you and your shoes for free to see if they are right for your body.

Kintec's New InCAP Intelligent Capture Digital Video Motion Analysis System allows our Human Kinetic specialist accurate see how your feet and your shoes are working, step-by-step, frame-by-frame. We use this system on all of our footwear and orthotic customers, at no extra cost.

Learn more about our Tuesday Tech Nights, and how you can be tested for free . You could even win shoes for a year , and other cool prizes!

Am I too old to start walking for exercise?

Walking is actually the perfect gentle exercise when you're recovering from heart trouble, a stroke or other illness.

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published that a vigorous half-hour walk, just six times a month, can dramatically reduce the risk of premature death.

Walking is good for a lot of what ails you. It builds endurance, enhances muscle tone and flexibility, strengthens bones and doesn't pound your joints. It also helps prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

What is the difference between running and walking shoes?

When walking your foot is in contact with the ground up to 50% more than when running, for this and other reasons there are a number of subtle differences between the two shoe types.

A walking shoe will often have a bevelled or angled heel due to the angle of foot strike when walking. Another key feature of a walking shoe is that it is designed to be especially flexible through the forefoot to enhance propulsion during toe-off.

Running shoes will generally be lighter in weight than a walking shoe and because they're designed for a higher impact will have more cushioning. For this reason it is not uncommon for people to use a running shoe for walking or a combination of the two. However, the opposite is not true as a walking shoe is typically not supportive enough for the higher impact forces when running.


Important Footcare Information if you have Diabetes

Why is Diabetes the #1 cause of lower limb amputations?

If you are one of the 2 million Canadians currently living with diabetes, amputation of a lower limb or foot can potentially be one of the complications related to this disease. It all begins with foot problems that could have been prevented through daily footcare and proper shoe selection (refer to F-scan).

80,000 to 200,000 Canadians with diabetes will be affected by foot problems in their lifetime, such as foot ulcers. 14 to 24 percent of these Canadians will be at risk of losing a lower limb or foot through amputation! Peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation often make it difficult for the patient to "feel" what is going on, which does not allow them to realize that they are injured till it is too late.

What is Peripheral Neuropathy and how does it affect me?

Peripheral neuropathy is the gradual loss of nerve function in the feet and legs. Constant elevated blood glucose can damage nerve endings, causing numbness or a tingling feeling in the feet. The most common and significant change that is related to this condition is loss of feeling or touch sensation. Neuropathy can also be heightened by pain that encroaches progressively. It is important to note that the likelihood of developing neuropathy increases with age.

If I have diabetes, how can I prevent my feet from getting injured?

Step 1: Lower your risk of injury with the latest shoe fitting technology : Get fitted properly

Kintec Footlabs' F-Scan system allows you to be tested and any problems identified before you get injured. Since neuropathy can make it difficult to tell if you have injured your feet, preventative measures are absolutely essential.

If you see red marks, especially on the tops and sides of your feet, and the marks don't go away after 10-15 minutes, stop wearing the shoes. Also look for discoloured areas, blisters or open areas, and darkened spots under calluses.

The F-Scan system will greatly reduce the likelihood of such an occurance.

Learn more about Kintec Footlabs uses the latest in technology to help you.


Step 2: Get the best shoes for your body

Always have your feet measured professionally when buying shoes. When was the last time you had this done?

Kintec's exclusive InCAP Intelligent Capture Digital Video Motion Analysis System allows their Human Kinetic specialists accurate see how your feet and your shoes are working, step-by-step, frame-by-frame.

See what they see, and get the best shoes for your body! This is especially important as Peripheral Neuropathy may reduce your sense of touch. By being fitted with the best shoes for your body, you will greatly reduce the chance for injury, thereby allowing you to better fight diabetes.

Kintec Footlabs is the only company in the Lower Mainland with this advanced system . You will see results live, and you will never look at your feet the same way again.

What is a walker's most common first injury?

How can I avoid a walker's most common first injury?

How do I know if I have the right shoes?

Am I too old to start walking for exercise?

What is the difference between running and walking shoes?

Read Important Information If You Have Diabetes