4 Tips to a Good Shoe Fit

Foot pain is a common problem with many potential causes. Wearing poorly fitted shoes is a leading cause for a number of painful foot and ankle conditions —including hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns, calluses, and stress fractures—so learning to find well-fitting shoes is important for managing foot pain. Below, you will find several tips to help you select shoes with the right fit to avoid added stress.

Know how to measure your feet

The size of your feet can change throughout adulthood, so you should measure your feet rather than using guesswork to select the right shoe size. Feet swell during the day so measure your foot and shop for shoes at the end of the day. Most people’s feet are not the same size. Fit your shoes to the larger foot. Measure your correct shoe length and width of your foot to ensure the best fit. Don’t be afraid to deviate from the size you normally wear when choosing different styles. Wearing shoes that are too narrow can restrict blood flow and compress structures in the foot and lead to orthopedic issues.

Use your foot shape as a guideline

Wearing shoes that are shaped like your foot can eliminate any blisters, bunions, or corns that might result in serious injuries that could require surgical care later on.

Select shoes that stay in place on your foot

Shoes should not slide around your heels when you walk, and the ball of your foot should fit comfortably inside the widest part of the shoe. Shoes that slide around as you walk can lack proper support and cause you to trip and fall. You should also never expect shoes to stretch out if they are too tight initially.

Stand up and walk around when trying on shoes

Regardless of what type of shoes you are purchasing, you will want to give them a thorough test run when trying them on. In order to assure a proper fit, you should stand up and walk around in a pair of shoes before buying them and be sure that the soles provide solid footing to avoid slipping. Make sure there is 3/8″ or 1/2″ (about the width of your finger) between your longest toe (usually the second toe) and the end of the shoe.

In addition to wearing the right shoes, you will want to address foot pain with the right podiatric care from MK Orthopaedics. Our podiatric surgeon, Dr. Joe George can identify the cause of your foot pain and explore treatment options, including arthroscopic surgery, ankle joint reconstruction, and peripheral nerve decompression. At MK Orthopaedics, you can find relief from foot pain in Joliet under the care of our podiatric surgeons, Dr. Joe George and Dr. Aaron Kim. To schedule a consultation with our team for an evaluation of your foot and ankle pain, give us a call at (815) 741-6900.

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