And the cost of foot surgery to correct foot problems from tight-fitting shoes is at least $2 billion a year, according to the AAOS. If time off from work for the surgery and recovery is factored in, the cost is more like $3.5 billion!
So, if you don’t want to pay for surgery, pay attention to your shoes. Looking closely at the wear patterns in your shoes can shed light on potential problems. Bringing in old shoes when you’re buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. He/She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit. Unfortunately, today most shoe stores/departments are self-serve. So here are some ways you can become an informed shoe buyer.
Here are the basic wear patterns:
- A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe: A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.
- Outer sole wear: You turn out. Orthotics may help.
- Toe shaped ridges on the upper: Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.
- Wear on the ball of the foot: Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.
- Wear on the inner sole: You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.
- Wear on the upper, above the toes: The front of your shoe is too low.
Use these tips to help you buy better-fitting shoes and your feet will thank you for it!
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.