September 27, 2004
Health Tip: Get the Right Shoes
Before you leave the store, make sure they fit
(HealthDayNews) -- If you've got foot pain that isn't the result of a known injury or condition, your shoes may be to blame.
Here are some helpful shoe-buying tips from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons:
- Buy shoes at the end of the day (when your feet are larger) to be sure they won't be too tight.
- If you can't wiggle your toes, the shoes are too small. Round or square-toed shoes have the most room; narrow or pointed-toed shoes have the least and can aggravate conditions such as bunions and hammertoes.
- Measure both feet. One usually is larger, and the shoe should fit comfortably on that foot.
- Try on shoes with socks, hose or any special inserts you normally wear.
- Walk around the store in the shoes to make sure they're comfortable. Do not expect shoes to stretch to fit your foot.
- Footwear with added cushioning or shock absorption absorb more stress and protect your feet. This is noteworthy for anyone with heel pain.
- Shoes should have good arch support. Those that bend in the mid-sole area can lead to arch pain.