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The Importance of Properly-Fitting Shoes for Aging Women

achilles-tendon4.jpgIt’s important that women shop for shoes according to the shape and structure of our feet, especially as we age. Over time, our feet grow wider and flatter and the fatty pad in our feet begins to shrink. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), out of 356 women that they surveyed, they found “that 88 percent were wearing shoes that were too small for their feet; most had not had their feet re-measured in over a decade; and, not surprisingly, over 50 percent reported experiencing daily foot pain from their shoes.” When searching for shoes, make sure to optimize your feet’s comfort, as well as have your feet measured by a professional, taking into consideration the length and width of your feet.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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