Shoe Shopping Tips to Prevent Injuries and Bunions
You want your clothes to express your unique personality, but when it comes to shoes the choices get a little more complicated. Footwear comes in countless shapes and sizes, and while that rad pair of sneakers or flashy pair of pumps might ooze with style, the unfortunate truth is that, if they aren’t right for your feet, they could well end up causing a lot of pain and problems, and even increase your risk of injuries or a bunion.
While there’s no reason you can’t have both style and function, if you’re going to spending a lot of time in a particular pair, we want to be sure you get function covered first. Here are some tips on what to look for, and how to shop:
Avoid high heels as much as possible, as they push all your weight and pressure onto the balls of your feet. If you must wear them for professional reasons, aim for lower (2” at most) and chunkier. Stilettos are a definite no-no.
Check your old pair of everyday shoes for unusual signs of wear. The patterns in the tread may reveal structural or gait irregularities that may require a specific style of shoe, or extra preventative measures such as custom orthotics.
Go shoe shopping later in the day, wearing the same style of socks you expect to wear with the shoes. Feet expand over the course of a day, so you want to make sure the new pair fits comfortably even when your feet (including socks) are at their largest.
Shoes should not have to be broken in—if it doesn’t fit or isn’t comfortable the moment you put it on and walk around in it, it’s not right for you.
If you’re experiencing any chronic foot pain, rather than try to guess how to fix it, stop by our office for an examination.
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