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You walk on your feet every day, forcing them to support the weight of your body. Repeated stress on your feet can cause damage over time. The right shoes can help protect your feet. The wrong shoes can cause more foot problems. Read the information below to help you find a shoe that fits your foot needs.
A good shoe fit will cover your foot outline.
A shoe that doesn’t cover the outline is a bad fit.
To get a good fit, you need to know the shape of your foot. Do this simple test: While standing, place your foot on a piece of paper and trace around it. Is your foot straight or curved? Do you have a foot problem, such as a bunion, that causes your foot outline to show a bulge on the side of your big toe?
Bring your foot outline to the shore store to help you find the right shoe. Place a shoe you like on top of the outline to see if it matches the shape. The shoe should cover the outline. (If you have a bunion, the shoe may not cover the bulge on the outline. Look for soft leather shoes to stretch over the bunion.) Once you’ve found a pair of proper shoes, put them on. Walk around. Be sure the shoes don’t rub or pinch. If the shoes feel good, you’ve found your fit!
A good shoe has features that provide comfort and support. It must also be the right size and shape for your feet. Look for a shoe made of breathable fabric and lining, such as leather or canvas. Be sure that shoes have enough tread to prevent slipping. Go to a good shoe store for help finding the right shoe.
An ideal shoe has the following:
Below are some do’s and don’ts for when you go to the shoe store.
Always wear socks with shoes. Socks help absorb sweat and reduce friction and blistering. When shopping for shoes, choose soft, padded socks with seams that don’t irritate your feet.
Some foot problems cause deformities. This can make it hard to find a good fit. Look for shoes made of soft leather to stretch over the deformity. If you have bunions, buy shoes with a wider toe box. To fit hammertoes, look for shoes with a tall toe box. If you have arch problems, you may need inserts. In some cases, you’ll need to have custom footwear or orthoses made for your feet.
Ask your healthcare provider what kind of footwear you need. He or she may recommend a certain brand or shoe store.