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 Smoking Affects Healing
Most people are aware that smoking is unhealthy and can cause diseases like lung cancer. But it’s important to recognize that smoking can also make it harder for the body to heal after an injury or surgery. Click the button below to find out how smoking can contribute to increased pain after surgery, risk of infections, and more.
How to "Read" Your Footprint
A person’s footprint can tell a lot about their foot health, and analyzing your footprint may help you avoid foot issues in the future. Checking your footprint can also guide you in choosing the best type of footwear for your foot type. Click the button below to find out how to take a simple watermark footprint at home to read your own footprint.
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 Changes in Feet: Normal or Abnormal
Over time or through improper use or overuse, feet can change. Some of these changes are normal, such as a foot widening as a person ages. But other changes are abnormal and should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. For instance, if a painful knob begins to develop near the big toe, it could be a bunion. Click below for information on how to assess your feet and know when you should see a doctor.
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 Be Non-Weightbearing After Surgery
So you’re considering foot or ankle surgery, and your foot and ankle specialist has said you’ll need to be non-weightbearing for a period of weeks after your procedure. What does non-weightbearing mean, and what options do you have for getting around?
How to Care for a Sprained Ankle
Ankle sprains are common, so it’s good to know what to do if you or a family member sprains an ankle. An important part of gaining this knowledge is knowing what to do and what not to do while the ankle is healing. Click the button below to find out the best way to care for a sprained ankle, including the three phases of rehabilitation.
How to Care for Your Diabetic Feet
People with diabetes are at risk for foot problems that can develop into more serious issues. However, regular visits to the doctor along with proper daily foot care and protection at home can help reduce the risks. Click the button below for expert tips on caring for diabetic feet at home.