Well, Super Tuesday has passed and the results are in. Republican candidates are either breathing a sigh of relief or going back to the drawing board. Important issues are on the line here: the economy, gas prices, health care, Iran, Ron Paul’s shoes…uh, what?
Yes, it appears Ron Paul’s shoes have garnered some interest lately. Whether or not you agree with his politics, his shoes are worth discussing, particularly in a podiatrist’s blog. They’ve been called “black orthopedic referee sneakers.” I have to admit this guy is not afraid to be himself, baggy pants and all. I have to respect someone who is confident enough to buck the status quo and wear what he wants.
So, back to his shoes. It made me start thinking about what’s best for your feet. Obviously, Ron Paul likes his back orthopedic referee shoes and is not concerned with wearing $520 Ferragamo loafers. The bottom line for me as a podiatrist is this: shoes need to support and protect your feet and fit you well.
Here are some basic guidelines when shopping for 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 1 1/2 inches. O.K. ladies, don’t get too upset. Shoes with heels higher than 1 1/2 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.
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.