Studies have shown you can avoid most foot disorders when you maintain proper foot care. And that typically begins with buying shoes that fit your foot correctly. Because January 23 is National Measure Your Feet Day, today, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center are sharing information regarding the importance of measuring your feet when shopping for shoes.
It’s helpful to have your feet measured when shopping for shoes to ensure you choose the correct size. It is particularly important because your feet may change in size as you get older. It’s also helpful to measure your feet when they are at their largest, typically at the end of the day.
When you find a comfortable fit, you need to ensure there’s sufficient room between the top of the shoe and your longest toe. Your feet may feel better when the material is soft and flexible and matches the shape of your foot.
Choosing the Correct Shoe Size
Choosing the correct shoe size is important for maintaining proper foot health. Many people wear shoes that are the wrong size, which negatively affects their posture and feet. Choosing the right shoes is not difficult if you consider several things when selecting the proper footwear.
Don’t automatically assume you are the same size you’ve been wearing. Because shoe manufacturers size differently, you can’t just assume your shoe size hasn’t changed without measuring your feet.
Be cautious when purchasing narrow shoes. While they might look great, the sizing of narrow shoes can be a bit off. Because they have much less space for your feet to move, don’t hesitate to choose a slightly larger pair than you’re used to.
Wear the right socks when shoe shopping. When shopping for shoes, wear the type of socks you will wear most often with the shoes you’re shopping for. It is especially important to wear shoes to participate in sports activities.
One foot is usually slightly larger than the other. While the difference might be minimal, our feet are marginally different. So, if only one shoe fits comfortably, select a slightly larger size.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of the experts at greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center. Click here to locate the office nearest you.