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The human foot is incredibly designed and usually able to withstand the demands of life’s activities. Unfortunately though, your foot health can be put in danger with the type of shoes you wear everyday. There is often a battle between shoes and feet for the sake of fashion. Feet are regularly crammed into hazardous shoes that can take a serious toll on feet over the course of time.

Dr. Phil Pinsker treats all kinds of foot and ankle problems, many of which are caused by or made worse from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Whether it involves athletics, men’s, women’s or children’s shoes, choosing the right shoe is not only important to your foot health but can also prevent injury.

Anatomy of a Shoe

Understanding how shoes are generally built will help decide which styles are best for your feet. The toe box at the tip of the shoe is what provides the space needed for toes to wiggle around and the vamp is where the laces are located. An insole is found on the inside and the outsole is the area that comes in contact with the ground. A softer sole will absorb shock more effectively. The heel on the bottom of the shoe is important as stress on the foot increases the higher the heel is.

Getting a Proper Fit

When a shoe fits properly, your feet will be healthier and happier. Corns, calluses, bunions and hammertoes are just a few foot problems that can arise with poor fitting shoes. Always try shoes on to assess comfort and go later in the day since our feet swell as the day goes on. This will ensure a proper fit. Buy for your largest foot and leave a ½ inch of space in the toe box for your toes. Your toes should wiggle and the shoes should not be too tight. If they aren’t comfortable in the store, do not walk out with them.

Athletic Shoes

An athletic shoe is going to be well constructed, with qualities suitable for the activity it is designed for. The key is to wear the right shoes for the sport you are involved in. The differences in support, weight, construction and materials are designed to keep your feet safe. Your feet endure a lot of stress and impact during athletic activities and need to be supported and protected with the right shoes.

Women’s Shoes

Many women wear shoes that are too small for their feet and compromise comfort for fashion. Feet suffer for this in the long run. Hammertoes and bunions can develop from feet being crammed into tight shoes. A high heel places a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot, which can cause pain and other foot problems. Choose a comfortable yet attractive pair of pumps to be in if need be and then alternate to a supportive pair of sneakers or walking shoes.

Men’s Shoes

Men aren’t often as picky with their shoes but the right shoe can make all the difference when it comes to men’s foot health. It is advisable to choose shoes with soft, cushioned soles to keep feet comfortable. To prevent foot odor and fungal infections, try to have three to five pairs of shoes that you can rotate between. Working in a dangerous or hazardous environment will demand a protective shoe or boot. If you stand all day, orthotics are a great way to give your feet extra support and comfort.

Children’s Shoes

Children’s foot health is very important as it can affect their activity level and set the stage for possible problems in the future. Shoes also play a role in their posture and musculoskeletal development. Provide children with well-made, supportive shoes. Their toes should be able to wiggle, the heel cup should be stiff and not slip and they should be comfortable right away. It is also important to equip your child with appropriate footwear if they are involved in sports activities.

Corrective & Prescription Shoes

Our office can provide specialized shoes should you have an existing foot condition to accommodate. We have certain shoes that are specifically designed to provide extra support, limit motion of joints, relieve pressure, reduce shock and promote healing. Our patients with diabetes often benefit greatly from these types of shoes.

Your Footprint & Wear Patterns

You may have never thought much about your footprint but it can tell a lot about the types of shoes you should be wearing. Dip your foot in water and step on dark paper. If you see a large flat pancake shape, you may have flat feet. Having flatfeet may cause a pronation problem meaning your feet roll inwards. If your footprint only shows a heel and toe mark with nothing in between, you probably have high arches. With a high arch, the outside of your foot bears a lot of your weight. Dr. Pinsker can help you find out your foot type and make appropriate footwear suggestions. If you were to bring in your old shoes, the wear patterns could also indicate some potential foot problems and clues as to what shoes would be best for your feet.

If you are having trouble finding comfortable shoes or have a foot problem and need advice on appropriate footwear, please contact Dr. Pinskertoday (724) 225-7410.