Your shoes play a large role in your foot, ankle and body health. People have different types of feet and therefore need to make sure to have the type of shoe that fits your feet. When shoes do not fit properly, it can cause foot problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and more.
Here are some tips to guide you to finding the right shoes for you:
- Have your feet measured. Your foot size and shape can change over time so it is good to have your foot measured when you buy new shoes. One foot may be larger than the other, so make sure both feet are measured. It is best to measure your feet at the end of the day as your feet will swell during the day.
- Make sure your shoes fit comfortably. Walk around in shoes before purchasing to make sure that your feet are not rubbing or heels slipping. Your toes should be able to move freely. Look at the shape of the shoe, it should look like the shape of your foot. Shoes with laces allow you to further control how the shoe fits.
- Match your shoes to your activity. If you are standing on your feet all day, your shoes should be elevated by at least ¼ of an inch—they should not be flat.
- Be careful of very old shoes. When shoes are worn out, they lose their ability to absorb shock.
- If you have diabetes, it is especially important that you always wear socks and shoes to protect your feet. Before putting on your shoes, check inside to make sure the lining is smooth.
- A podiatrist specializes in disorders of the feet. A podiatrist can help you with foot pain or determine what kind of shoes are best for you. Ask your PCP if you will benefit from a referral to a podiatrist.