Men’s shoes may not undergo the same fashion trends and statements as women’s styles but there are still standard qualities to look for. Shoe shopping may not be the most desirable past time for a man but just grabbing a pair of shoes off the shelf that looks good and seems to suit your purpose is just not going to cut it. When shopping for men’s shoes, it is important to get a proper fit and look for properties that will keep your feet safe and healthy.
How do I know what shoes to buy?
Dr. Danciger often treats patients with foot and ankle pain caused by wearing the wrong type of shoes or styles that are uncomfortable and unsupportive. To avoid aggravating existing problems or creating new ones, here are some great tips to follow when looking for shoes:
- The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests that oxford style shoes are the best for men.
- Choose a shoe based on the activity it will be used for, whether it is for sports, work, yard work or just casual.
- If you have a job that requires standing for long periods of time, it will be helpful to wear shoes that have soft, cushioned soles for protection and extra support.
- If your job involves heavy machinery or industrial situations, it is essential that you look for a boot that has steel toes, non-slip soles, is waterproof and also provides good support.
- Choose a shoe that has plenty of room for your feet. When shoes are too tight, there is extra friction and this can lead to blisters and calluses.
- Sandals in the summer are very popular but many are flimsy and non-supportive. The wrong sandal could cause heel pain, Achilles tendonitis or stress fractures.
- If you have diabetes, it is very important to choose a shoe that has extra depth and a wide toe box. A small injury from shoes that are too tight can lead to a very serious problem.
What if I have sweaty feet?
It is common for men to have problems with perspiration with their feet. Wearing closed shoes all day can increase this as moisture gets trapped inside the shoe. When this happens, it is important to clean feet on a daily basis to prevent infections such as Athlete’s foot from developing. A stubborn case of Athlete’s foot is a very common reason men come in to see a podiatrist. Changing or alternating shoes on a daily basis will give shoes time to dry out and also help to prevent infections from developing. Wearing socks that have moisture-wicking properties is always a good idea to keep feet dry and comfortable.
What if I have problems with my feet?
Men and women alike are prone to different foot problems and conditions. If you have flat feet, which make your feet wider than usual, there are companies that make shoes specifically with extra width to accommodate for wider feet. If you have bunions or toe problems, look for shoes that are made of material that have some give such as leather, which stretches over time. Shoes with a wider toe box will also help bunions and toe conditions.
Men often resist going to the doctor when they are in pain. Don’t let foot pain disrupt your life unnecessarily. If you are having a hard time finding shoes that support your feet and fit properly, Dr. Danciger can help you. Bring your current shoes in so we can evaluate the wear and tear and diagnose whether you have any structural problems to be aware of. You can call our office directly (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment right from our homepage.