It’s natural to want shoe styles that fit our own personal taste. But choosing shoes based primarily on how they look versus on how they fit can be a major mistake. Poorly fitting shoes can lead to painful conditions, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and more, which could require surgery. Click the button below to discover 10 points of proper shoe fitting, according to foot and ankle specialists.
10 Points of Proper Shoe Fitting
Custom Diabetic Shoes
Because people with diabetes are at an increased risk for foot problems, choosing the right footwear is important. While some people can find proper footwear on their own, others can benefit from wearing custom shoes that are prescribed and fitted by foot and ankle specialists. For answers to frequently asked questions about custom diabetic shoes, click the button below.
How to "Read" Your Shoes
Did you know that by analyzing your old shoes, you can make better decisions when you buy new shoes? To “read” your shoes, bring a pair of your used shoes with you when you go shopping, and show them to a knowledgeable shoe salesperson. He or she can help evaluate the wear patterns on the soles and offer suggestions for new styles. Click the button below to see diagrams that explain different footwear patterns.
How to Assess Your Shoe IQ
What is the best time of day to go shopping for new shoes? Is it okay to wear high heels? Can you buy tight shoes, knowing they will stretch over time? Click the button below to take a quiz to assess your shoe IQ and discover the answers to these questions and more.
How to Lace Shoes for a Proper Fit
Choosing shoes with laces can be a good decision for your foot health. That’s because you have greater control over the fit, since you can make adjustments to the laces and tighten or loosen them to meet your specific needs. Click the button below to learn lacing techniques for wide feet, narrow feet, and more.
How to Select Children's Shoes
Since children’s feet are continually growing and changing, parents need to frequently select new shoes for their children. It’s easy to be tempted by the many cute styles available for children. However, what is always most important is a proper fit. Click the button below to learn how to start a child out right by selecting shoe styles that promote healthy feet.
How to Select Protective Footwear
The best type of protective work boots do two things: they help protect feet from injury, and they support overall health. In order to find the best protective footwear, you need to know what type of protection is right for your activity, such as steel toes or puncture-proof soles, and then find styles that fit properly so they support overall foot health. For a 10-point checklist to help you select protective footwear, click the button below.
How to Select the Right Athletic Shoes
Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, it’s important to take time to select the right athletic shoes for you if you wear athletic shoes. The first step is narrowing down choices to include shoe styles that match your primary activity or sport, then finding a pair that fits you best. Click the button below to learn more about what to look for when shopping for new athletic shoes, the types of sport-specific shoes available, and more.
How to Wear High Heels to Avoid Injury
High-heeled shoes put excess pressure on the ball of the foot. Not only can this cause pain when you wear them, but it can also lead to future problems, such as sprains, fractures, and a condition called metatarsalgia. Click the button below for tips on how to avoid toenail damage when wearing high heels, tips to improve stability when wearing them, and more.
Artificial body parts are known as prosthetics, and a single one is called a prosthesis. Prosthetics are most commonly used when a person has lost a limb due to an accident or when a limb must be amputated for another reason. Today, there are many types of prosthetics available, including for the ankles and feet. Click the button below to read frequently asked questions about prosthetics.