By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 10, 2016
Category: Proper Footwear
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Your shoes have a big impact on the health of your feet. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care too often our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah treat common foot conditions such as bunions, Haglund’s deformity and plantar fasciitis that are caused or made worse by the patient wearing improperly fitting shoes. To protect the health of your feet, here are some shoe shopping do’s and don’ts:

Do: choose flat shoes with a heel of 1 inch or less.  High heels cause many toe and other foot problems. If you must wear them, try to limit your time in heels to 3 hours.

Don’t: buy shoes that have seams or bumps on the inside, especially if they are near a bunion, on the heel or any area where you are already experiencing pain.

Do: pick shoes with laces if you use orthotics, insoles or a brace. Shoes with laces are better able to fit these accommodative devices and also provide a more stable fit overall.

Do: look for shock absorbent, skid resistant soles with a tread, rather than smooth soles. This will help prevent slips and falls and also provide cushioning to protect the heel and ball of your foot when you walk.

Do: wear shoes made of natural materials that breathe and have some flexibility.

Do: get both of your feet professionally measured. Most people have one foot that is bigger than the other. That’s why it’s important to try on both shoes to be sure the larger foot is comfortable.

Do: replace shoes when they are worn out. Older shoes don’t offer appropriate support and if they’ve lost their shape they may become a tripping hazard. Sport shoes have a known life span based on the number of hours you play. Check at the store where you buy them.

Do: ask the podiatrist to recommend specific types of shoes to accommodate a foot deformity or chronic foot condition

Don’t: buy any shoes that don’t feel comfortable when you try them on in the store. Thinking that shoes will “loosen up” when you where them is a mistake that can lead to injury and disability down the road.

If you have additional questions about proper footwear, don’t hesitate to contact our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office.