With there being 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and many nerves and tendons in your feet, it is no surprise that poor footwear could really take a toll. Your feet are the foundation of your body and need to be properly supported and protected. When it comes to footwear, making sure that shoes fit properly is extremely important in maintaining foot health in the long term.
How to Find Shoes That Fit
While it isn’t a complex process, there are several factors involved in finding shoes that fit your feet properly. To really keep feet healthy and free of injury, grabbing the first and cheapest ones you see without even trying them on is simply not the way to go.
Foot specialist, Dr. Harvey Danciger often takes the time to educate his patients with foot pain or injuries on the importance of well-fitting shoes. Several key factors to remember when shopping for shoes include the following:
- Shop for shoes in the afternoon or after a work out, as feet tend to swell and get larger as the day progresses.
- Shoes should never need a break-in period. If they are not comfortable from the start, do not buy them.
- Stand up after putting shoes on to get a good feel for the fit while your feet are bearing weight.
- If there are laces, do them up properly and snugly to get a true fit.
- There should be an extra ½ inch of space in the toe box for your toes.
- Your feet should not feel squeezed. Ensure there is enough width in the shoe for the balls of your feet.
- Shoes should have a firm heel to keep the heel in place. A heel that slips up and down will lead to blisters and skin irritations.
- Twist the shoe in the middle. It should have some flexibility but not too much that you can fold the shoe onto itself.
- Your feet tend to get fatter and longer as you age so it is important to measure your feet every few years to ensure you are buying the right size.
- If you wear custom orthotics, shoes need to have removable insoles to provide room for the orthotics.
Finding Shoes for Your Foot Type
Every person has a specific foot type or structure. You could get an idea of your own by stepping on a paper bag with a wet foot. The imprint left would show you what kind of foot structure you have. Different types of feet often require specific qualities in footwear to make sure feet stay comfortable and healthy. Here are some common foot types seen in by Dr. Danciger in our podiatric office and foot wear tips to follow:
Flat feet - This occurs when the entire sole of the foot is flattened to the ground when standing up, leaving no visible arch. This type of foot will require a shoe that fits well, provides motion control and cushioned arch support.
High arched feet – A person with high arches usually has a more rigid foot structure with stress often being put on the outside of the foot. Well-cushioned shoes with good shock absorption are important for this type of foot.
If you have foot pain or an underlying condition that is making it difficult to find shoes that fit right or that are comfortable, we can help. Make an appointment with Dr. Danciger to have your feet thoroughly examined. He will be able to guide you through the footwear process and find shoes that truly fit your feet. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment right from our homepage.