Are your heels causing foot pain? How the wrong shoes can cause foot pain and problems.

Experiencing Foot Pain? It Could Be Your Shoes!

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

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.