With summer in full gear, many people are shopping for new athletic shoes. When you step into a shoe store, the myriad of choices can be mind boggling. Getting your new shoes fitted properly should be your primary concern, since poorly fitting shoes can cause so many foot problems.
Here is a list of 5 tips to help you put your best foot forward at the shoe store:
- Choose your shoe based on the activity—Athletic shoes are designed for specific activities such as running, walking, tennis, basketball, aerobics, etc. The structure and flexibility of the shoe can vary considerably from one type to the next.
- Get your feet properly measured and fitted at the store—Online shopping may be convenient, but when it comes to your feet, the help of professional staff at a speciality shoe store can’t be beat for proper fit and function.
- Shop for shoes later in the day—Your feet tend to swell during the day, so it is best to shop for footwear at the end of the day so you don’t end up with shoes that are too tight.
- Roomy toe box—you should have about a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
- Try them both on—Make sure to try on both shoes and walk around in the them. New shoes should feel completely comfortable right away.
Wearing properly fitted shoes can treat and greatly reduce the occurrence of many foot problems including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and shin splints. Your podiatrist can further enhance the fit of your footwear with specially made orthotic shoe inserts that can treat specific foot conditions.
At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.