Can you change the way you walk?

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    Nov 28, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    For as long as I can remember, I've had the habit of dragging my feet when I walk. On most surfaces, you can usually hear when I'm approaching, haha. Also, I go through shoes pretty quickly, as you can imagine my dragging wears down the soles (particularly the heels) of my shoes.

    However, no matter how many times I've been told to pick up my feet when I walk, I consciously do that for like a day. Then I forget about it and revert back to dragging. Forcing myself to think about how I walk apparently does not work!
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    if you want to improve your walk, i'd recommend (don't laugh) getting a pair of cheap dress shoes. something with a hard rubber/leather heel. Reason being you can hear them click when you walk properly (sort of like women's heels). It gives you something specific to listen for when you're doing it RIGHT as opposed to only knowing what to listen for when you're doing it WRONG. It could also be the actual geography of your feet. i'd see a podiatrist (i think that's the right "ist"). But if its simply a matter of mind over...matter...then tell your friends and everyone you know to poke you in the arm whenever you do it. That way, even if you forget, they won't.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    Of course. It just takes focus.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    Try adding heavy squats to your workout. That will change everything.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidTry adding heavy squats to your workout. That will change everything.

    +1.

    I think I have similar problems. Somehow, I trained myself to walk flat-footed which allowed my calf muscles to atrophy.

    I think you would benefit from having more flexibility at the ankle and develop calf strength, according to a personal trainer I work with.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidFor as long as I can remember, I've had the habit of dragging my feet when I walk. On most surfaces, you can usually hear when I'm approaching, haha. Also, I go through shoes pretty quickly, as you can imagine my dragging wears down the soles (particularly the heels) of my shoes.

    However, no matter how many times I've been told to pick up my feet when I walk, I consciously do that for like a day. Then I forget about it and revert back to dragging. Forcing myself to think about how I walk apparently does not work!


    buy expensive shoes ?
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    benz72 said
    pocketnico saidFor as long as I can remember, I've had the habit of dragging my feet when I walk. On most surfaces, you can usually hear when I'm approaching, haha. Also, I go through shoes pretty quickly, as you can imagine my dragging wears down the soles (particularly the heels) of my shoes.

    However, no matter how many times I've been told to pick up my feet when I walk, I consciously do that for like a day. Then I forget about it and revert back to dragging. Forcing myself to think about how I walk apparently does not work!


    buy expensive shoes ?


    Ha! You know, there's a bit of truth to this. I definitely pay more attention when I wear my nicer shoes. I make a conscious effort not to ruin them so quickly, unlike all my other shoes.

    By the way, the same problem doesn't apply to running.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidFor as long as I can remember, I've had the habit of dragging my feet when I walk. On most surfaces, you can usually hear when I'm approaching, haha. Also, I go through shoes pretty quickly, as you can imagine my dragging wears down the soles (particularly the heels) of my shoes.

    However, no matter how many times I've been told to pick up my feet when I walk, I consciously do that for like a day. Then I forget about it and revert back to dragging. Forcing myself to think about how I walk apparently does not work!


    I do the same thing. Sketchers boots have cavities in the heels and once I wore my old ones to the point where pebbles were getting in there and making a very strange noise. I sounded like I was carrying a hip flask!

    Flexibility exercises for tight calves can be good esp. if you sit a lot for your job like me. I do toe touches first with something under my toes (like a length of 2x4 or the edge of a machine in the gym), then flat, then my heels.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidI do the same thing. Sketchers boots have cavities in the heels and once I wore my old ones to the point where pebbles were getting in there and making a very strange noise. I sounded like I was carrying a hip flask!


    Fuck yeah! Somebody who understands!

    Ay, I've always loved Sketchers boots. But you hit a very interesting point about pebbles getting into the cavity of the heel. When I first noticed that years ago, it drove me crazy! It actually took me quite a long time to figure out what the noise was. I kept thinking something was rattling in my bag or pocket. Then finally I just shook my leg for the hell of it and saw a pebble fall out from the heel. I observed and saw a few other pebbles inside the worn-down heel.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
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    njmeanwhile saidI do the same thing. Sketchers boots have cavities in the heels and once I wore my old ones to the point where pebbles were getting in there and making a very strange noise. I sounded like I was carrying a hip flask!


    Fuck yeah! Somebody who understands!

    Ay, I've always loved Sketchers boots. But you hit a very interesting point about pebbles getting into the cavity of the heel. When I first noticed that years ago, it drove me crazy! It actually took me quite a long time to figure out what the noise was. I kept thinking something was rattling in my bag or pocket. Then finally I just shook my leg for the hell of it and saw a pebble fall out from the heel. I observed and saw a few other pebbles inside the worn-down heel.

    Oh my god. This is so hilarious!
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    As a kid I walked with one foot pointed slightly inward. My mom would slap me and tell me to turn my foot outward. After enough slaps, it became natural for me. A little incentive will work but it's all up to you.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
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    pocketnico said
    njmeanwhile saidI do the same thing. Sketchers boots have cavities in the heels and once I wore my old ones to the point where pebbles were getting in there and making a very strange noise. I sounded like I was carrying a hip flask!


    Fuck yeah! Somebody who understands!

    Ay, I've always loved Sketchers boots. But you hit a very interesting point about pebbles getting into the cavity of the heel. When I first noticed that years ago, it drove me crazy! It actually took me quite a long time to figure out what the noise was. I kept thinking something was rattling in my bag or pocket. Then finally I just shook my leg for the hell of it and saw a pebble fall out from the heel. I observed and saw a few other pebbles inside the worn-down heel.

    Oh my god. This is so hilarious!



    MTB s are guaranteed not to do that but they cost 3x more. They are totally worth it. I couldn't walk without them because of neuropathy which is often the cause of foot dragging. I can run but not walk. Lol
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    I had no idea that there are actually exercises you can do to change the way you walk. I always thought it was all mental, paying attention to every step you take.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI had no idea that there are actually exercises you can do to change the way you walk. I always thought it was all mental, paying attention to every step you take.


    Squats change the whole physiology of the leg even the mobility of the ankle. Even without a weight on your shoulders squatting like they do
    In other cultures will balance up the tendons and muscles. Vinyasa Yoga is great too because of the integration of lower body exercises into the workout. Downward Dog will tune up and loosen up the ankle.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    I will give some of these workouts a try. Thanks for the suggestions icon_cool.gif

    Now if only I could improve my balance when I walk! Despite 12 years in gymnastics, I'm super clumsy while wearing shoes and walking on pavement. In fact, I don't think any gymnast knows how to walk outside of the gym.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    My right foot drags just a tiny bit, so much that sometimes I will catch the ball of my foot/right toe... even on a perfectly flat surface, although carpeting helps. Twice now I have "tripped" and fallen while out running/jogging, once I broke my shoulder = $4000.

    Cause: in classical dance terms, my right leg has a better "turn out" than the left. When laying down, the left foot points straight up but the right foot is at 45 degrees.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    I think I'll also look into getting expensive sneakers. If I get a pair of shoes that cost more than $50, I definitely walk differently. If that's what it takes to trick my mind into walking a bit more properly, then so be it.
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    This may sounds strange, but have someone critque your walking and correct you when you do the things you are trying to stop doing. I only offer this as a suggestion because that's how runway models and the like hone their "walk." It takes some time, patience, and conscious effort.

    If you do it on your own, start with one thing at a time. Focus on not dragging your feet then armswing, then shoulders, or whatever else you are looking to change. It honestly doesn't take too long to change it if you really want to. Just a few weeks of a conscious effort, and you'll be walking in the desired fashion totally!

    Good luck!
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    Just try walking like John Wayne.
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    By the way, I'm looking to change my walk for the sake of saving my shoes. I don't care about how I look when I walk or if it's any healthier. I just want my shoes to last longer. I've long known the way I walk is detrimental to my soles icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidJust try walking like John Wayne.


    "Actually, it's perfect. I just never realized John Wayne walked like that."

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    Nov 28, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    You should start dancing ;)

    The first thing you learn is how to stand, the second how to walk.
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    Apparently I walked wrong my whole life and had no idea, though the fact that, like you, I trashed shoes too quickly should have been a tip off. What I found out, decades too late, is that I have spent my life destroying my feet. Now every step is painful and it will never be any better, only a little worse with each year to come. I did not know that my feet are naturally malformed, leading me to walk incorrectly. So, please, go to a foot clinic with specialists who carefully evaluate how you walk, how you stand, how pressure is distributed on the surface of your foot, and so forth, just to make sure you are not setting yourself up for a bigger problem later.
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidBy the way, I'm looking to change my walk for the sake of saving my shoes. I don't care about how I look when I walk or if it's any healthier. I just want my shoes to last longer. I've long known the way I walk is detrimental to my soles icon_rolleyes.gif


    The process to get there is the same, regardless of the motivation. You will have to improve your walk and posture in order to save your shoes. It was just a suggestion since changing your walk is a part of your overall goal.
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    Nov 28, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidTry adding heavy squats to your workout. That will change everything.


    LOFL, of course it will, he won't be able to walk right and he'll have to relearn how!