While great looking shoes might catch your eye, make sure they are as comfortable and properly fitted as they are attractive before you buy them. Have both feet measured every time you buy shoes to make sure they haven’t grown in length or width. Bring a tracing of your foot with you when you go shoe shopping. Any shoe you place on top of the tracing that is smaller in width or length should be avoided. Wear the same socks that you are planning on wearing with the new shoes. Make sure you shop in the afternoon, after your feet have expanded during the day. There should be approximately 1/2 inch of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe when you are standing up in the shoes, and enough room to wiggle your toes comfortably. Make sure they don’t squeeze the ball of your feet and that they fit comfortably at the heel without pinching or slipping around. Any shoe you buy should fit correctly as you are trying them on, without having to “break them in.” If a larger or wider size feels more comfortable, buy that, rather than trying to squeeze into a size you believe should fit you. Check the inside of the shoe to make sure there aren’t any rough edges or seams that will rub against your foot, and walk around the store in them to make sure they fit snugly without being tight or slipping off. For more professional tips on buying shoes, as well as finding the right shoe for your particular foot, make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Getting the Right Shoe Size
There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.
- When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
- Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
- Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
- Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
- If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes
As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Upper West Side, NYC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.