The Perfect Shoe: What to Look For in a Proper Fit | Grand Central Foot Care - Dr. Les J. Glubo, DPM
Providing your feet with adequate support is important for keeping them healthy. Wearing shoes that fit properly can help prevent foot disorders from forming or from getting worse.
Here are a few tips for finding shoes that fit right:
- Adequate Foot Space
When you are trying on a new pair of shoes, you should not have to force your feet into the shoes. Once on, you should not feel that your feet are conforming to the shape of the shoe. Be sure to try both shoes on, as one foot is normally bigger than the other. Your shoes should fit your bigger foot. If a shoe feels too tight when you try it on, then don’t rely on breaking the shoe in to make it fit better. Instead, go up a shoe size or try on a different style.
- Limited Heel Height
High-heeled shoes force you to put a large amount of pressure onto the balls of your feet, which can lead to strain and injury. If you are going to wear high heels, then limit the height of the heels to 2 inches.
- Proper Fit at All Times
It is normal for feet to swell throughout the day, so make sure that you try on new shoes in the late afternoon or early evening to ensure that they fit when your feet are at their largest.
Do not buy shoes that are uncomfortable, as discomfort indicates unnatural strain on your feet. Find out whether you have arches that are high, low, or neutral and look for shoes that provide adequate support for your arches. You should also find shoes that fit your heels closely and that allow you to wiggle your toes. Ensure that your toes fit into the toe-box and that you have ½ inch of space between your toes and the end of the shoe.
With properly fitting shoes, you can comfortably stay on your feet for hours. To learn more about finding shoes that fit right, contact the podiatry experts at Grand Central Foot Care today at (212) 697-3293.