Why do my shoes feel tighter in the afternoon?

If your shoes are feeling a little tighter as the day goes on, this is a normal occurrence and usually nothing to be concerned about. The main reason that feet swell is from a build up of fluid.

Over the course of a day, gravity pulls more fluid to your lower extremities, which can result in your feet swelling slightly. If you have been shopping, walking around or have a job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, the swelling may be a bit worse.

Due to the fact that feet tend to swell a bit during the day, Dr. Danciger always encourages his patients to shop for shoes in the afternoon. This way, you get a more accurate fit and will avoid buying shoes that could end up being too tight.

Something else to keep in mind though, is that there are many other reasons feet can become swollen that gravity causing a bit of fluid retention. If at any point, the swelling becomes severe or does not subside, it is very important to seek treatment as soon as possible to find out the underlying cause. Contact Dr. Danciger to set up an appointment today. He can answer your questions and concerns about your feet and what you can do to keep them healthy.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle