November 1, 2002
Buy the right shoes
(HealthDayNews) -- As your feet grow older, they develop more problems. Wearing the right shoes will help prevent many foot woes.
The National Institute on Aging offers these tips for buying shoes that fit properly:
- Your foot size changes as you age so always have your feet measured before buying shoes.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are their largest.
- How the shoe feels on your foot, not the size marked on the sole, is your best guide.
- Choose shoes shaped like your foot.
- Stand up in the shoes you're trying on.
- There should be 3/8" to 1/2" space for your longest toe.
- Your heel shouldn't ride up and down in the shoe when you walk.
- Don't buy a pair that is too tight with the hope that they'll stretch.