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A Guide to Proper Shoe Sizing

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Choosing the right footwear is not just about fashion, it is a vital aspect of foot health and overall comfort. Wearing Ill-fitting shoes can lead to various problems, from blisters and calluses to more serious issues such as bunions and back pain. To ensure you are getting the perfect fit, it is beneficial to follow simple guidelines. This can begin by measuring your feet regularly, as their size can change over time. Stand up when measuring, as your feet expand under your body's weight. Remember that one foot may be slightly larger than the other, so choose shoes based on the larger foot's size. It is important to pay attention to both length and width, as a shoe that is too narrow can cause discomfort and potential foot problems. When trying on shoes, do so in the late afternoon or evening when your feet tend to be slightly swollen from daily activity. Walk around in the shoes to ensure they provide enough space and do not pinch or rub anywhere. Check that your toes have some wiggle room, and your heel fits snugly without slipping. Finally, consider the type of shoe you need based on your activity, whether it's running, walking, or formal occasions. Proper shoe sizing is an investment in your foot health and overall well-being. By taking the time to find the right fit, you can prevent discomfort, pain, and potential long-term foot issues. If you require additional information about various shoe fitting methods, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Trenton, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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