Let’s face it, we love our shoes! There are so many styles and fashions to choose from, for so many different occasions and activities, our closets are chock full of footwear! How many pairs actually fit properly, though? No matter how cute those sandals are or how stylish those pumps, if you needed that elusive half-size bigger but thought you could just deal with it, a host of foot problems are likely in store, if they haven’t popped up already!
Finding footwear that fits is essential to avoiding such conditions as debilitating toe deformities (like bunions, hammertoes, and overlapping toes), painful ingrown toenails, and skin issues like blisters, corns, and calluses. When shoes are too tight, pinched nerves can occur as well, and so can black toenails, amongst other problems.
So, if you’re looking to add more shoes to your wardrobe, don’t sacrifice the health of your feet for fashion! Follow these guidelines to ensure shoes fit properly and problems stay at bay:
- Shoe shop at the end of the day when your feet have naturally swelled a bit.
- Measure both feet, and fit for the bigger size if one foot is larger than the other
- Try shoes on with the socks you plan to wear with them, as well as your orthotics if you have them.
- Remember, there is no such thing as “breaking them in.” Footwear should feel comfortable right off the bat.
- Make sure the toe box is big enough that toes lay flat, are not squeezed together, or forced to overlap. Stay away from pointy, narrow styles!
- Look for a heel counter that is supportive yet not rigid. It should not press on the back of your heel, nor should it slip.
- Shoes should bend where your foot naturally does, as well as provide a durable sole.
- Always give them a test ride – stand, walk, jog around to make sure nothing rubs or feels uncomfortable.
- Make sure you match the shoe to the activity in which you plan to participate.
- Use the rule of thumb – when standing, you should be able to fit a thumb’s width between the end of the shoe and your longest toe.
Of course, the best rule to remember is, “If the shoe fits wear it, otherwise don’t!” So, clean out that closet – get rid of shoes that fit tight and replace them with ones that fit right! For more information or help with finding shoes to accommodate a foot problem, contact our Bloomington, IL office by dialing (309) 661-9975.