How to Choose Shoes That Fit Correctly
There are several foot conditions that may develop if the shoes that are chosen to be worn do not fit properly. Among these ailments are hammer toe, bunions, and ingrown toenails. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and muscular imbalances may occur if shoes do not have a proper fit. When the shoes fit correctly, the foot will have adequate room to expand properly as the it connects with the ground. Research has shown that many runners purchase shoes that are too small. One of the reasons for this may be a lack of knowledge concerning the width of the toes. The foot is widest in the toe area, and many shoes do not have ample room in that part of the shoe. When purchasing shoes, it’s important to try shoes on both feet, because one foot is generally larger than the other. Wearing the types of socks that will be worn for the chosen activity and making sure there is enough room for the toes to move about will aid in choosing a correct fit.
Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Proper Shoe Fitting
A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:
- Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
- Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
- Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
- Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity
Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Proper Shoe Fitting