We wear shoes for a number of reasons. Shoes provide cushionand help to support the weight of our bodies. Shoes keep our feet protected. Shoes can provide comfort, and they can also be a fashion statement. Ideally, they can do both things. It’s important to find the right footwear for you, and it’s just as important to select shoes that fit your feet properly. If shoes don’t fit correctly, it can cause pain. Improperly fitting shoes can also lead to issues such as stress fractures, bunions, hammertoes, corns, and plantar fasciitis.
If you take these suggestions from foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons into account, you’ll be able to find footwear that works for you.
Don’t just buy shoes in the same size that you’ve always worn. Have a professional measure your feet. As you grow older, both the size and the shape of your feet can change.
If one of your feet is larger than the other, you should pick out shoes that fit the larger of the two feet. This is why it’s crucial to have an expert measure both of your feet.
Ideally, your feet should be measured near the end of the day. This is when your feet will be at their largest. It’s normal for feet to swell over the course of the day, especially if it’s hot outside. Having your feet measured at this time will ensure that you’ll be comfortable all day long.
Look beyond the size of the shoe. As is the case with clothing, shoe sizing can vary from one brand to the next. You should always try shoes on to see if they really fit.
Pay attention to the way a shoe is shaped. You should aim to select shoes with a shape that’s similar to the shape of your own feet.
You shouldn’t assume that your shoes will stretch as you wear them. You should buy shoes that already fit.
Look at how wide a shoe is. You should pay attention to the way the ball of your foot, which is the widest part of your feet before your toes, fits within the widest part of the shoe.
Ensure that the shoe is deep enough to properly accommodate your toes. This is particularly important if you suffer from a condition like hammertoes. If the toe box of a shoe isn’t large enough, it will cause friction between your toes and the top of the shoe. This can lead to sores and calluses.
Take a closer look at the end of the shoe. While standing, confirm that there’s at least half an inch of space between the shoe’s tip and your longest toe.
Take the time to walk while trying on a pair of shoes. Confirm that the fit is good, that the shoes are comfortable to wear, and that the heel of the shoe doesn’t slide as you walk. You should also confirm that there are no issues with rubbing or chafing.
Take a look at the Orthotic Shopfor a range of comfortable and supportive orthotic shoes to suit you.