Shoes have many purposes. They protect our feet. They help to cushion our bodies. They can either make our feet fashionable or comfortable. For your feet and body to be happy, it is essential to find the right shoes and make sure they fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight can cause pain and other foot problems. Bunions?Corns?Calluses?Hammertoes?Plantar fasciitis? Stress fractures, you can find out more.
These are the top tips from Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery to help you choose the right shoes.
- Get your feet measured. Over time, your foot size and shape may change. Do not rely on the fact you've always worn a particular size.
- Your shoes should be sized to your larger foot. Most people have one foot more significant than the other. Make sure to measure BOTH feet.
- Measure at the endWhen, your feet are the biggest. Your feet will expand and contract as you stand up throughout the day. Comfortable throughout the day is essential, not just at night.
- Do not rely solely on the shoe's size. The size of the shoe's sole may vary depending on its brand. Your shoe size is only a guideline in choosing the right shoe with enhance fashion.
- Take a look at the shape of your shoe. You should ensure that the shoe fits comfortably and matches the shape of your feet.
- Do not expect your shoes to stretch over time. When you purchase them, they should be well-fitted.
- Pay attention to the width of your shoe. The shoe should have a width that is comfortably wide enough to accommodate the ball of your foot, which is the area just before your toes start.
- Pay attention to the depth of your shoe. If you have hammertoes and other conditions, the shoe should be deep enough for your toes. You will develop calluses and sores if the shoe's toe box is too small.
- Pay attention to space at one end of your shoe. Standing straight up, ensure that there is at least 3/8" (or 1/2") space between your longest toe (usually your second toe) & the end of your shoe.
- Always stand up and walk in your shoes to check if they fit correctly, are comfortable, and don't rub or chafe anywhere. When walking, your heel shouldn't slip or slide.
Match the shoe with your activity
The activity you choose to wear your shoes while they are on is critical in determining the ideal shoe for you.
- Running shoes are specifically designed to give athletes the the right amount of cushioning at their heels and the flexibility they need at their toes.
- You are walking shoes have a shock-absorbing heel and flex at your ball of the feet.
- Cross-trainers, these shoes are great for all types of exercise. If you walk a lot, basketball shoes may not be the best option.
- Cycling shoes are stiffer to allow you to pedal more efficiently, but they don't work well with most other activities.
- Dress shoes can look great and be both comfortable and stylish. Many dress shoes now have a sneaker-like sole, which provides more cushioning and tread and better arch support. These loafers from Italy are expensive and not for everyone.
Good shoe construction is essential.
A good shoe should have a cushioned heel and a firm sole that isn't easily bent or twist. It should also be flexible depending on what type of shoe it is.
- The upper of the shoe should be made of a soft, breathable material. This will make it more comfortable and less likely that you will cause skin irritation or rubbing.
- To keep the foot in place during activity, the upper of the shoe should have laces/straps.