Test Your Shoe IQ – Are You Wearing the Right Shoes?
Containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons, your feet are anything but plain. They are unique to you. So why shouldn’t your shoes be? It’s important to wear the right shoes for each activity. Don’t cause your feet unnecessary pain. Footwear plays a colossal role in determining the health of these important limbs. The podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates want you to make educated and informed decisions about footwear and have put together tips and guidelines to direct your shopping acquisition.
Why Does Footwear Matter?
Don’t let the source of your pain be the result of poor purchases. Ignore the latest trends and look beyond that penny-saving pair of flip flops. Along with pain and discomfort, some footwear can cause painful foot conditions such as bunions and hammertoes. Make the right decision when it comes to your feet. A pair of sandals can be replaced, but your feet are the only pair you’ll ever have.
Finding the Right Shoe
Our podiatrists understand that your feet are invaluable. To ensure they are being protected, it’s important to take into account several factors when looking for your perfect pair. Things to keep in mind:
Have you measured your feet within the last year? Ligaments and other soft tissues have changed, resulting in a new shape and size. The shape of your footwear should reflect the shape of your foot. You can’t put a round lid on a square box. Don’t force your feet into uncomfortable situations. At least twice a year, the width and length of your feet should be measured.
Measure your feet at the end of the day, when they are the largest, to ensure you’re purchasing the proper size. Our feet develop swelling over the course of a day. If you are buying footwear when your feet are largest, you will avoid getting shoes that are too tight. Always leave a half inch at the front of your toes and an eighth inch at the heel.
Some feet are different sizes all-together; be sure to fit your shoe to your larger limb. You can always purchase inserts or pads to make up for extra room, but you can’t add space to one that is already too small.
Size is only a number. If the shoe fits, wear it. Don’t be afraid to opt for the next size up if your toes are feeling crammed or your heel is rubbing the sole uncomfortably. Don’t expect footwear to stretch after breaking them in. If it is uncomfortable in the store, odds are it will always be uncomfortable. Take your time and walk around the store for a few minutes to get a better feel.
Play sports? Make sure your footwear reflects your activity. There are different types for different sports. They vary in shock absorption and ankle support.
Keep your feet healthy and happy. If you have question regarding proper fitting, contact one of our offices in Rego Park, Plainview, or Flushing. You can also make an appointment with us online. Your feet deserve the best!