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Shoes: Finding the Perfect Fit

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Pick out the right shoes to avoid foot pain
When it comes to shoes, there are endless options: high heels, sandals, running shoes, dress shoes, flats etc… The important thing when it comes to shoes is finding the best fit for your foot. Walking around in uncomfortable shoes that may be too tight, too small, or too large can cause problems and injuries to your feet.

Here are a few tips when it comes to shoes and feet:

Children’s Shoes

  • In the first few years of a child’s life their feet are often wider and will eventually thin out as they grow older. Make sure to find shoes that are wide enough for their feet. There are also shoes that are made in specific wider sizes.
  • Tennis shoes or sneakers are a good choice for children. They provide stability and support for active children.
  • Measure your child’s feet often. Children are always growing, which means their feet are too. They might be wearing shoes that are too tight and causing them pain and blisters.

Women’s Shoes

There are so many choices when it comes to women’s shoes, many of which can cause pain and discomfort to the feet. Be cautious when looking at those beauties with 4 inch heels.

  • Higher heeled and pointier shoes can lead to bunions, corns, blisters and other problems if you aren’t careful. If you do like to wear high heeled shoes, make sure you can still walk in them comfortably and take a break from wearing them during the day. Your feet need a rest.
  • When buying sandals in the summertime look for ones with more straps and added support. Many sandals lack cushioning and support for walking around.

Men’s Shoes

For the most part men’s shoes are constructed towards comfort. That being said, not all shoes are created equally, so make sure you are buying a good brand that will get you through your day without pain.

When purchasing shoes here are some recommendations to remember:

  • Feet tend to swell as the day goes on, so try purchasing shoes towards the end of the day to provide the most comfort for your feet.
  • Measure your feet every year. Our feet tend to increase in size as we get older.
  • There should be at least 1/2 inch space between the end of your shoe and your longest toe.
  • For someone with a wider foot consider looking for a shoe in a wider size instead of just getting a larger length.
  • All shoes are different, so don’t assume you are a certain size in every shoe.
  • Make sure to always try on the shoe before you buy it, to get the best fit.
  • Make sure the shoes you are going to buy are comfortable as you walk through the store. Don’t try and convince yourself that it will get better with time, or as they stretch out.
  • Remember, your feet support your whole body, so make sure to get a good shoe especially if you are on your feet a lot. Investing in the right shoe is vital to good foot health.

If you're not certain which shoes are best for you, contact Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle. With our expertise, we can help you find the right shoe and size for every activity. Visit us online or call our office at 541-776-3338, or request an appointment online.

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