Posts for tag: shoe size
Will you be glued to the television tomorrow night for game 4 of the NBA championship series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers? Last time these two teams played, I was on the edge of my seat watching one of basketball’s greatest players, LeBron James, take down his rival, Stephen Curry.
LeBron became Ohio’s hero in 2016 after he led the Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship victory ever and the first victory by a Cleveland major league sports team since 1964. He did so in size 16 tennis shoes. Size 16! Let’s take a look at what that really means…
A size 16 foot in inches is 12.3” from toe to heel. That’s an entire ruler plus more! The average men’s shoe size is 10.5, which translates to about 10” long. I know what you’re thinking, 2.3” can’t make that much of a difference, but in basketball it really can. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. Those bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons all work seamlessly together to create movement and power when we walk and run. Now imagine having 2.3” more of these, how much faster and stronger we would be! That’s why LeBron is amazing and when I cheer for him tomorrow, I’m going to be cheering that those size 16 feet lead us to victory.
Did you know that the FAAWC provides complimentary shoe fittings for patients? Think about it, when was the last time you were actually measured for shoes? Most of us simply head to the shoe store and go with whatever our standard size tends to be. But surprisingly, it’s estimated that over a third of men and almost half of women buy shoes that don’t fit right. But if you don’t know your shoe size, of course you’re going to buy the wrong size!
All the way back in 1925, Charles Brannock decided that a device was necessary for measuring standard shoe sizes. Thus the Brannock Device was born and is still considered to be the standard for shoe fitting worldwide. Come by the FAAWC to stand on our Brannock device and find out what your real size is! A properly fitting shoe not only helps avoid future foot problems, but can also alleviate current foot pains. Doesn’t that sound nice? Drop by and see us!
It feels like springtime and when the weather starts warming up, people become more active and need to make different footwear choices. If you Google best footwear choices for spring you will find a litany of information on style, but very little on function. So before you go shoe shopping, keep in mind these important features.
During the winter, we want heavy materials for our shoes to keep out the snow and cold, but as temperatures rise and fluctuate we should consider something better for the weather. You want to look for materials that let your foot breathe. Leather and canvas materials are best for dressy or casual occasions. On active days, find an athletic shoe that is lightweight with breathable mesh for quick sweat evaporation.
Many people switch straight from snow boots to flip-flops, but too many sandals leave your feet unsupported and susceptible to foot problems. If you insist on wearing flip-flops, buy a pair that is specifically designed to protect your foot. There are plenty of fashionable choices such as the classic Birkenstock, the Tevas strappy outdoor shoes, or the many options of the very cushiony Aerosoles.
When and How to Shop
Most people don’t make a detailed plan for their trip to the shoe store, but it can save your feet a lot of pain and the hassle of a return if you can get your choices right the first time. No matter what kind of shoes you are buying, try them on later in the day after you have been active. Your feet fatigue and widen throughout the day and your shoes should still feel comfortable when your foot is at its largest. If you are shopping for multiple styles make sure you bring the appropriate sock or hose for each. If that’s how you’re going to wear it when you own it, that’s how you should try it on. Make sure you don’t walk out of the store with a pair of shoes that you haven’t walked around in first. Take at least a full lap of the store in each pair of shoes before deciding.
If you need more guidance on the best choices for your specific foot problem, visit the APMAs guide to approved products for all your foot ailments: HERE. And of course, the staff at the FAAWC are always happy to help you with recommendations or appointments with our doctors. With the right shoe choices, you can have a new spring in your step and improved health for you feet. Happy walking everybody!
Everyone loves new shoes and if you’re in the market for a pair, there are a few things you should be doing at the shoe store to make sure they fit properly and your podiatrist would approve.
- Stand Up
Everyone tells you to stand up at the shoe store and hopefully everyone does, but the main reason we want to do this is that our foot widens and lengthens slightly when we stand up. Force is calculated as mass x acceleration. When you stand up, the force that your body exerts on your feet causes them to change. Your toes extend forward and spread to support you while walking. If we don't give them enough room to do this, we can cause serious damage.
- Walk Around
Think about the activity you will be doing in your new pair of shoes. Perhaps it’s a fancy pair of high heels for a wedding. You’ll probably be sitting, standing, and dancing in these shoes all night, so you should stand up and wander around the store for ten minutes to make sure they are comfortable; maybe even break out a move or two. If it’s a new running shoe you need, go to a store with actual clerks who can evaluate your stride and help you pick a style. Places like the New Balance Store are set up to allow customers to easily jog around the store while trying on shoes. Whenever your style, make sure you get up and walk, jog, or boogie in those new shoes before heading to the checkout.
- Spread Your Toes
For those who may not remember, there are a myriad of problems we can get from our shoes cramping our toes. Bunions, corns, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails may be in your future if you don’t give your little piggies space to move. Many shoes come in multiple sizes, but not multiple widths. Get your foot width measured along with the length. If you have a wider foot, search for shoes that will accommodate you. Don’t try and fit into the average when you need something different.