“If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.”
I’m not sure who said this quote, but as a podiatrist I like it. When your shoes don’t fit well, it’s kind of hard to focus on anything else. And more than that, wearing ill-fitting shoes over time can lead to a host of foot problems! Shoes that do not fit well can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes and other serious foot problems.
So let’s talk about what make shoes a good fit for your feet. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying new shoes…
- Fit new shoes to your largest foot. Most individuals have one foot slightly bigger than the other.
- Get both feet measured every time you buy shoes. Your foot size increases as you get older.
- If the shoes feel too tight or uncomfortable, don’t buy them. There’s no such thing as a “break-in period.”
- Shoes should be fitted carefully to your heel as well as your toes.
- Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge a shoe by how it fits and feels on your foot – not by the marked size.
- There should be a half-inch of space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
- Try on both shoes!
- Shop for new shoes at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell and become larger after standing or sitting during the day.
- Walk around in the shoes a little bit to make sure they fit well and feel comfortable on your feet.
- While wearing the shoe, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
- Women should not wear a shoe with a heel higher than 2 1/4 inches. O.K. ladies, don’t get too upset. Shoes with heels higher than 2 1/4 inches are acceptable to wear occasionally, but not every day. High heels not only affect your feet, but your knees, hips, and back as well.
I hope these guidelines are helpful for you…and remember, take care of your feet and they will take care of you!
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton-Sarasota area,please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.