We get it—shoes are fun! They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. And of course, they are fun to shop for—but if you are wearing the wrong size or type of shoe—the fun will quickly come to an end.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying shoes…
- Avoid shoes that have seams over areas of pain, such as a bunion.
- Avoid shoes with heavy rubber soles that curl over the top of the toe area (such as seen on some running shoes), as they can catch on carpets and cause an accidental fall.
- Flat shoes (with a heel height of one inch or less) are the healthiest shoes for your feet. If you must wear a high heel, keep to a heel height of two inches or less, limit them to three hours at a time and take them off coming to and from an activity.
- Laced, rather than slip-on shoes, provide a more secure fit and can accommodate insoles, orthotic devices and braces.
- Look for soles that are shock absorbing and skid resistant, such as rubber rather than smooth leather.
- The shoe should be made of a soft material that has some give, like glove leathers.
So there you have it! If you want to love those feet, pay attention to the shoes you are buying and wearing.
If you would like to learn more about taking care of your feet, or if you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.
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