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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 20, 2017
Category: foot care tips

Perhaps the number one tip for keeping your feet healthy that we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM can offer is to buy well-made, properly-fitting shoes. So often patients come to us with foot problems that could have been avoided by wearing the correct shoes for their feet.

You should always buy shoes that are appropriate for the activity for which you plan to use them. The shoes you wear to work are not necessarily the best for walking. When it comes to athletic footwear, if there is a sport or fitness activity that you spend a significant amount of time doing it’s worth buying shoes that are specifically designed for your sport. Running shoes, for example, are designed differently from basketball sneakers due the types of movement each activity requires of your foot and the areas that receive the most stress and pressure.

6 Tips for a Good Fit

  1. Start with a visit to our Washington office. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and determine if there are any pre-existing conditions or chronic foot disorders that can affect your shoe choice. Certain conditions, such as bunions or flat feet will require shoe designs to accommodate them. In addition, the foot doctor may prescribe an orthotic device to be worn inside your shoe to correct biomechanical issues. You should take the orthotic with you when you shop and use it when you try on shoes.
  2. Get your feet measured by a shoe professional. Most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. You should always buy shoes to fit the largest foot. 
  3. Leave plenty of room for your toes. There should be at least ½ an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Avoid narrow toe boxes that squeeze toes together.
  4. Choose natural materials for shoes that are soft and pliable and also allow for good air circulation. This will help decrease the risk of athlete’s foot and fungal infections.
  5. Walk it out. Spend time walking around the store and don’t buy shoes that feel tight or painful in any spots. Shoes should fit well when you buy them.
  6. Check the insides. Run your hand around the inside of the shoe and feel for rough stitching or bumps in the material. These can lead to blisters when it gets warm and sweat increases the friction inside your shoe.

Last but not least, replace shoes when they get worn out. This will help prevent injuries like ankle sprains and protect. Good shoes will go a long way towards good foot health.

 

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