What to Look for in the Right Footwear

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

When finding the right running shoes, it’s important to remember that everyone’s feet are different. Because everyone’s feet can vary, so can their running styles, or pronation. A well-fitted running shoe should feel snug but not tight in the heel area, have room between your toes to the top of your shoes, and you should be able to move “your forefoot side to side without crossing over into the instep of the shoe.” Also walk a little in a pair of shoes before you buy them, to see if they feel comfortable. Avoid what is commonly known as breaking in your shoes, as your shoes should fit you and not the other way around.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, see one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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