It’s easy to overlook this, but your footwear choices make a big impact on your foot health. You can prevent certain issues (like ingrown toenails) by wearing shoes that fit well. At the same time, shoes that do not fit correctly can increase your risk of problems and allow conditions like bunions to worsen.
With that in mind, here are some shoe buying tips so you can find footwear that keeps your feet healthy and safe:
- Shop for footwear during the late afternoon or early evening — your feet naturally expand with use during the day.
- Wear the same type of socks when you go shopping that you intend to wear with the shoes you are buying.
- Have your feet measured every time you go shoe shopping. Feet often grow larger and wider with age. If one foot is larger—which is quite common—buy a size that fits the larger foot.
- Stand in the shoes you are considering. Press gently on the top and make sure you have roughly a half-inch of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe. Also, wiggle your toes to make sure the shoes are wide enough.
- Talk a little time to walk around in the shoes so you can determine how they feel.
- The size might be a good starting point for trying footwear on, but trust your own comfort over anything else.
- Length might get more attention, but width is also important. If your feet, and especially your toes, are being squashed together, you need a wider pair!
- Don’t forget to feel around the inside of the shoes! See if there are any seams, tags, or any other materials that could irritate your feet.
- Inspect the soles to determine if they are sturdy and provide good grip. Will they protect your feet from sharp objects?
Two considerations that do not necessarily apply to everyone are to make sure your orthotics fit well inside the shoes (if you have them) and give extra consideration if you are diabetic. You can check with us if you have any questions about diabetic footwear.
If you want help knowing that you are picking out the right shoes, you can check with our professionals here at Advanced Foot and Ankle. Call our Twin Falls, ID office at (208) 731-6321 or our Burley office at (208) 312-4646. You can also take advantage of our online form to connect with us right now.