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Choosing the Right Shoe for You

Choosing the Right Shoe for You

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When you are shopping for a pair of shoes, it is important to not just focus on fashion. Stylish shoes may be nice to look at butthe comfort and functionality of the shoes is more important for the overall health of your feet.

Many foot and toe problems can develop as a result of wearing the wrong shoes. These include: calluses, corns, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and many more issues. Most of these problems occur when you wear a shoe that is too pointy, tight, smaller than your actual size, and causes friction or pressure on your feet when you walk. It is very important to make sure your shoes are the correct size because we spend so much time wearing shoes on a daily basis. Making sure your shoes are comfortable and well-fitted will save you from dealing with foot and toe problems later on.

Tips For Trying On The Right Shoes

  • • It’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. Feet normally swell and are at their largest form at this point of the day.
  • • It is a good idea to trace your foot on a piece of paper and take it with you to the shoe store. Any shoe that is narrower or shorter than your foot tracing should be avoided.
  • • Take any inserts you wear regularly to test them while you are choosing shoes.
  • • Having your feet measured is a good idea because as you get older, the size and width of your feet tend to change.
  • • Make sure you stand while trying on a new pair of shoes. Walk around to see if the shoe fits right. This will give you a more accurate idea on whether the shoe fits or not. Does the shoe fit loose or snug?
  • • Press down on the top of the shoe and wiggle your toes to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This space will allow your foot to press forward when you walk.
  • • Don’t always pay attention to size because it may not fit right. Your foot could fit better in a smaller or larger size but you won’t know until you try it on.
  • • Keep in mind that if shoes fit properly, you should not have to “break them in”.
  • • Wear the same type of socks you intend on wearing regularly to try on shoes.
  • • Always trust your own comfort level. Sizes will vary from shoe to shoe but it is up to you if they are comfortable and the proper fit.

 

Although you may find a pair of shoes that fit perfectly, they may not always be the best option for your feet.

Tips For Choosing Shoes

  • • It’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. Feet normally swell and are at their largest form at this point of the day.
  • • It is a good idea to trace your foot on a piece of paper and take it with you to the shoe store. Any shoe that is narrower or shorter than your foot tracing should be avoided.
  • • Take any inserts you wear regularly to test them while you are choosing shoes.
  • • Having your feet measured is a good idea because as you get older, the size and width of your feet tend to change.
  • • Make sure you stand while trying on a new pair of shoes. Walk around to see if the shoe fits right. This will give you a more accurate idea on whether the shoe fits or not. Does the shoe fit loose or snug?
  • • Press down on the top of the shoe and wiggle your toes to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This space will allow your foot to press forward when you walk.
  • • Don’t always pay attention to size because it may not fit right. Your foot could fit better in a smaller or larger size but you won’t know until you try it on.
  • • Keep in mind that if shoes fit properly, you should not have to “break them in”.
  • • Wear the same type of socks you intend on wearing regularly to try on shoes.
  • • Always trust your own comfort level. Sizes will vary from shoe to shoe but it is up to you if they are comfortable and the proper fit.

 

Medical professionals agree that the best shoes to keep your feet healthy have a moderately flat but flexible sole, supportable arch, and laces for adjusting. A shoe that replicates the natural shape of the foot is best for you and your health. Many injuries and health issues can occur from wearing the wrong footwear during activities. It is important to choose the right shoe for your foot type. Choosing shoes the right way will save you money in the long run and keep your feet healthy for daily activities.

You can contact board certified podiatrist,Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia, in Los Angeles for all your orthotics needs. Schedule an appointment today and have the experts help you find the right pair of shoes for you.