At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that during this busy time of the year your feet are getting an extra workout. The right shoes can help your feet sail through the season pain and problem free. Below are some tips to consider when choosing footwear.
- First, get your feet measured by a footwear professional. Foot size can change as you age or after a pregnancy. It’s also not unusual to have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. Always go with the size that accommodates the bigger foot.
- If you have a chronic foot disorder such as bunions or heel spurs, schedule an appointment with our podiatrists, Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, to check the current condition of your feet. Many podiatric problems are progressive and shoe modifications will be needed as time goes on. The foot doctor can make recommendations on a shoe design that will increase comfort and take pressure off painful areas.
- If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device, be sure it will fit in the shoes you choose. Laced shoes can usually accommodate an orthotic better than slip-on styles.
- It’s especially important during the winter months to wear shoes that have skid resistant treads to help you avoid slips, falls, and ankle sprains on slippery surfaces.
- A deep heel cup and cushioned insole will increase comfort as you traverse the mall for holiday shopping and wait in long lines to make purchases.
- Look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. With the heat on and heavy socks being the choice for wintry weather, feet tend to perspire more. Fungal infections thrive in dark, damp closed in shoes.
- Check for adequate arch support. Wearing shoes and fashion boots that lack arch support will result in sore arches and hurting heels.
- Keep heel height to two inches or less. If festive holiday events call for higher heels, minimize the time you spend in them. Wear more comfortable shoes to and from the party and change into your heels once you arrive.
If the added time on your feet this holiday season causes foot pain or other uncomfortable symptoms, contact our Edison (732-204-6630), Monroe (732-204-6802) or Monmouth Junction (732-204-6945) offices as soon as possible to get it checked out. Don’t let the holiday rush delay you seeking treatment!