Everything from serious foot disorders to more common foot and ankle conditions can be exacerbated by one, avoidable cause: inappropriate, poor quality, and/or ill-fitting shoes. Any podiatrist will tell you that a quality, properly fitted shoe pays big dividends for your feet—now and in the future.
The most important quality to look for in shoes is durable construction that will protect your feet and keep them comfortable. Shoes that do not fit properly can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes and other disabling foot disorders.
To help you understand the importace of various shoe concerns, each topic is broken down.
Many feet aren't normal. When you take a step they are supposed to work by your foot typically hitting the ground heel first and rolls toward your toes, flattening the arch slightly. As you push off the ball of your foot, your arch springs back and does not touch the ground.
Examining old shoes before buying new ones can help you evaluate your wear patterns and buy new shoes with a better fit and style that compensates for the stresses you place on shoes.
Anatomy of a Shoe
Understanding the basic construction of shoes will help you make more informed decisions and select shoes that fit your foot and needs.
What To Look For
There are many sizes, styles, materials, and more when it comes to shoes. Selecting the proper shoe may be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for or how to start.
Getting a Proper Fit
Did you know you know most people have one foot larger than the other, and that you are suposed to fit new shoes to your largest foot? Visit here for some more tips to help reduce the risk of foot problems when shopping for shoes.
The best shoes for men are good quality oxford styles, shoes ordinarily associated with wing-tip or cap toe designs. Also suitable are slip-ons, dressy loafers, and low dress boots.
The best shoe for women's feet is a walking shoe with laces (not a slip-on), a composition sole, and a relatively wider heel with a rigid and padded heel counter, no more than three-quarters of an inch in height.
Choosing shoes for your children can play a critical role in their musculoskeletal development, including their posture. Once children are ready to walk as toddlers, their need for properly-fitted shoes is important.
Athletic Shoe Guidelines
Athletic footwear should be fitted to hold the foot in the position that's most natural to the movement involved. Well-fitted athletic shoes need to be comfortable, yet well-constructed and appropriate for a given activity. A good fit will mitigate blisters and other skin irritations.
Corrective and Prescription Shoes
Proper footwear is an important part of an overall treatment program for people with diabetes, even at the earliest stages of the disease. If there is any evidence of neuropathy, wearing the right footwear is crucial.