Have you heard the saying, “I wouldn’t want to walk a mile in that person’s shoes?” Well, the truth is that you might not want to be walking one more mile in your own shoes. Having a pair of shoes that don’t fit properly will not only be uncomfortable but could be putting your feet at risk for a number of problems in the future. Getting shoes that right fit is the same as getting a mattress that feels right.
What should I look for when fitting shoes?
Dr. Harvey Danciger sees patients on a regular basis with foot problems that most likely developed from poor footwear. Finding the proper shoe fit may take some time but the end result is going to be happy, healthy feet. To get a proper shoe fit, follow the following steps:
Pay attention to the shoe size
You may not pay much attention to your feet but they do grow as you age and you may be wearing the wrong size. Have your feet measured every once in awhile. Also, don’t stick to the number like glue. If the size doesn’t fit right, move up or down to find a size that works. If your feet are different sizes, always choose the size for the larger foot.
Pay attention to the time of day
Go shopping in the afternoon as feet tend to swell over the course of a day. This way you will ensure that your shoes will fit properly and you won’t be buying shoes that will end up being too tight.
Bring your socks
If you are buying shoes that you will wear socks with, bring your socks with you. The thickness of socks can really affect how a shoe fits. Stores often only have a very thin disposable nylon to use while trying on shoes. This is not going to give you an accurate fit if you would normally wear a thick pair of socks.
Sitting down while trying on shoes and deciding if they are a good fit from the chair is not a good idea. Your feet spread out more when you are standing up. Have your feet first measured while standing, then stand in the shoes after you have tried them on.
Leave some room
Shoes need to have room for your feet, plain and simple. There should be about ½ in of space from the end of your longest toe in the end of the shoe. Shoes that are too tight in the back of the shoe can cause friction and blisters on your heel. To avoid this, leave about 1/8 of an inch between your heel and the back of the shoe.
Walk around and check comfort
Don’t be in a rush to pick out your shoes. You need to try them on both feet and walk around the store. It may take a few minutes to truly feel if they are comfortable and fitting your feet like they should. Shoes should never need a “break in” period either. If they are not comfortable in the store, do not buy them.
Finding shoes that fit properly can be difficult, especially having a problem such as bunions, hammertoes or flatfeet can make the process more difficult. We can help! Dr. Danciger can evaluate your foot structure and any existing problems and guide you in finding comfortable footwear. Come in and see him today! Call (760) 568-0108 or visit our homepage to make an appointment.