Did you know that some studies estimate that as many as 90% of women are wearing shoes that are too small for them? At Texas Foot Specialists we know that wearing shoes that don’t fit properly are the top cause of foot problems and injuries including ankle sprains, flat feet, heel pain and toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. It’s a New Year and a good time to make the switch to shoes that fit. Your feet will most definitely thank you. Below are some shopping tips:
- Stop at the foot doctor’s office before the shoe store. Our podiatrists Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller can give you a podiatric checkup which will reveal any existing or developing foot problems. The podiatrist can help determine the best types of shoes for your feet. If an orthotic insert is prescribed, you’ll want to bring that with you when you try on shoes. You can schedule an appointment at our Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office.
- Go to a quality shoe store. It’s important to have your foot measured by a professional. Feet size tends to increase as we age. In addition, it’s not unusual to have 2 different sized feet. Always choose shoes that fit the largest foot.
- Shop late in the day. Your feet are at their most swollen and largest after you’ve been on them all day. Shopping at the end of the day will ensure a fit that works at any time of the day.
- Wear the same types of socks you will wear with the shoes you are buying.
- Try on both shoes and take time to walk around the store for several minutes to be sure there are no places that rub or squeeze your foot uncomfortably.
- Leave ample room for your toes. There should be at least a half an inch of space between your longest toe and the front of your shoe. Roomy toe boxes that don’t squeeze the toes help prevent ingrown nails.
- Limit heel height to 2 inches or less. This will reduce the risk of developing hammertoes or bunions.
- Be sure the shoes you choose have good arch support. This will result in less heel pain.
Here’s a toast to starting the New Year off without foot pain!