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How To Choose The Right Shoes

Shoe shopping isn’t only about style.

Finding the right fit is important and may prevent painful problems like bunions, calluses, corns, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis and more.

So, how do you find the right shoes? Here are 8 tips* to help you get the right fit.

  1. Measure your feet. The size of your foot changes over time and even throughout the day. Measure at the end of the day when your feet are the largest. This will allow your shoes to remain comfortable all day. Be sure to measure both feet; most people have one foot larger than the other.

  2. Don’t select shoes based solely on the size marked. Fit can vary between brands so it’s best to try shoes on before purchasing.

  3. Check the shape of the shoe. A shoe should resemble the shape of your foot so that it conforms well and fits comfortably.

  4. Check the shoe width. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe.

  5. Check the shoe depth. Shoes should be deep enough to fit all of your toes and allow for some wiggle room. If the toe box of the shoe is not deep enough, your toes rub against the top of the shoe, which may cause blisters, calluses or sores.

  6. Check the shoe length. When standing, there should be 3/8” to 1/2” of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Remember, your big toe is not always the longest toe.

  7. Don’t depend on “stretching.” If a shoe feels too tight, don’t buy it thinking it will stretch to fit over time. A shoe should fit correctly when new.

  8. Try the shoes out. Walk around in the shoe to be sure it fits well. You should not experience any rubbing or chafing anywhere on the foot, and your heel should not slip when walking.

By taking the time to choose the right shoes for your feet, you will be more comfortable and help minimize or prevent future foot issues. If you do experience any foot or ankle problems, visit orthopedic foot and ankle specialist Dr. Patrick Barousse at North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center. Click here to learn more about Dr. Barousse and foot/ankle care.

*Source: American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society