Proper footwear is paramount for maintaining healthy feet. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to any number of foot problems and even increase the risk of injury. To safeguard your foot health, it's important to select shoes that not only fit well but also provide adequate support. When making your choice, consider the nature of your activity, the type of surface you'll be on, and the need for proper support. For instance, people who spend substantial time on hard surfaces may be more susceptible to heel and forefoot pain, as well as calluses and corns. Supportive shoes with softer soles and arch supports may help. High heels, which force the feet into unnatural positions, can result in long-term postural changes and increase the chances of toe deformities, such as bunions. For active people, the right footwear can ensure proper shock absorption and stability. Seek sports shoes that offer flexibility at the ball of the foot and ample heel support. If foot problems develop or persist, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Proper Shoe Fitting
Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.
Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting
- Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
- Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
- Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
- Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
- Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot
The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.