At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we see many patients with foot disorders that have been made worse or even caused by poorly fitting shoes. Even good quality footwear, if it doesn’t fit properly, can harm your feet. Here are some suggestions for making sure the shoes you buy are the best fit for your feet:
- Get your foot professionally measured. For most people, one foot is slightly larger than the other. Always choose shoes that fit the biggest foot.
- Choose the right shoe for the activity. Most sports and fitness activities (including walking and running) have shoes designed specifically for the motion of the foot for that sport.
- As a general rule, there should be half an inch of space between the longest toe and end of the shoe’s toe box. You should be able to wiggle your toes without restriction.
- Heels should fit snugly and not slip up out of the shoe when you walk.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day. That’s when your feet are at their largest and most swollen.
- Try on shoes with the socks that you plan to wear them with.
- Always try on both shoes and walk around the store to make sure the shoes don’t rub anywhere or hurt. Don’t buy shoes that are not comfortable, thinking they will get “broken in.”
Work with Your Podiatrist
Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, can offer advice on footwear if you have a foot disease or disorder. Diabetes, arthritis and flatfeet, for example can all benefit from appropriate footwear. Being proactive in the care of your toes, feet and ankles can help insure an active lifestyle for many years to come. If you have questions about footwear or other ways to care for your feet, contact our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894.