Did you know that there is something you can do that will greatly decrease the risk of many foot problems from the most mundane, such as blisters, to the seriously debilitating like plantar fasciitis, bunions and flat feet? It’s buying good quality, properly fitting shoes. At Texas Foot Specialists we cannot stress enough the impact of your shoes on the health of your toes, feet and ankles. Below are some important tips to take with you when you go shoe shopping:
Don’t skimp on quality. Buy well made shoes that are sturdy and have good ankle and arch support.
Get your foot professionally measured, especially if you haven’t bought shoes in a while. Feet can spread and shoe size increase as you age. On the flip side, don’t be so wed to a size that you buy shoes just because they’re “your size” even if they don’t feel comfortable.
Keep heel height to 2 inches or less. Higher heels force your toes forward and squeeze them together. This greatly increases the risk of bunions, hammertoes and other toe problems. For the same reason, don’t buy shoes that are pointy or have a narrow toe box. You should be able to comfortably wiggle your toes in any shoes or sneakers you buy.
Shop at the end of the day. Your feet swell the longer you are on them. By shopping at the end of the day you’ll be trying on shoes when your feet are at their largest and therefore they will be less likely to rub or put pressure on your feet as you wear them.
Always try on both shoes and take your time walking around the store to check the fit. Shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you buy them—a “breaking in” period is a myth that can harm your feet.
If you have a pre-existing foot condition, talk to one of our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Magnum or Dr. Bruce Miller. The foot doctor can make specific recommendations regarding shoe styles and designs to accommodate any deformities or chronic foot problems. If you have questions about the best shoes for your feet, contact our Pasadena, Houston or Sugar Land office for an appointment.