Keeping your feet in good shape is a lot easier when you make sure you have properly fitted shoes. The materials the shoe is composed of, the shape of the shoe, the arch support, and the soles are all very important considerations when it comes to foot health in leisure, sport, and work activities.
Two essential tips for choosing the right shoes that will keep your feet happy include the following:
The correct size—This may seem obvious, but many people underestimate the amount of change their feet can go through in a year. Your feet swell and flatten out as you get older, and you may find the size changes quite dramatically from one year to the next. Always shop for shoes towards the end of the day when your feet are fully expanded, and make sure to have them both measured and move up a half size if necessary.
Good support—Your shoes need to provide good arch and ball of foot support. Your arch is one of the most important components of your foot health, so be sure to have your arch type properly determined. Make sure you include any necessary orthotic inserts to correct gait abnormalities. The ball of the foot needs to be supported as well to prevent problems with the forefoot. Sturdy soles are also essential to good foot support. Tears in the arch ligaments from poor foot support can result in debilitating conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.