Choosing footwear that properly fits your feet can prevent a multitude of foot problems. Wear shoes that address your specific foot needs. Everyone’s feet are different.
In a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) 73 per cent women admitted to experience foot pain and discomfort as a result of their shoes.
Here are some tips to keep your tootsies happy and pain free.
- Have your feet measured before you make a shoe purchase. Make sure you measure both feet, since most of us have one foot larger than the other. Always purchase shoes to fit the larger foot. There should be about 1.25 cm space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Feet tend to get larger as we grow older, have children and gain weight.
- The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
- Your feet swell during the day, so make sure you only shop for shoes in the evening.
Before you purchase a pair of shoes grasp the shoe at the front and back, and bend it. If the shoe bends in the middle, it will probably not give the support you need. If the shoe bends at the ball of your foot, it will. Try on several different pairs before taking the final decision. Put both shoes on and walk in them before you buy. Sizes vary, as do styles and shoe shapes.
Shoes have a considerable bearing on the posture and the back. High heeled shoes are injurious for the back. If you prefer shoes with laces, take care that the laces are tied properly. Untied laces make you curl your toes to grip the soles and that harms your back.