As we are know our feet take a great deal of punishment every day. They support our weight and carry us from place to place. We may wear shoes that are not right for the size and shape of our feet or for our activities. Many people do not give much thought to shoe selection. If you only consider style and not fit when buying shoes, you may invite problems with your feet.
There are 8 guidelines for choosing shoes that fit properly:
1. Once a year measure both feet by length and width. Foot size changes with age. Also, both feet may not be exactly the same size. Measure your feet at the middle or end of the day to account for normal swelling. Select the shoe size that fits your largest foot. If necessary, use an insole to adjust the size for the smaller foot. Be aware that shoe sizes vary from brand to brand
2. When you try new shoes, wear the kind of socks or stockings that you intend to wear with them. Avoid socks and stockings that bunch up or are too tight.
3. Test shoes by standing on one foot at a time. Wiggle your toes and stand on your tiptoes. Shoes should bend at the same place where your foot bends.
4. Never buy a shoe thinking it needs to be stretched out or "broken in" before it is comfortable. Purchase a shoe that is comfortable right from the start.
5. Be sure that you have one-half inch of space from the end of your big toe to the tip of the shoe.
6. Make sure that the widest part of your foot comfortably fits the widest part of the shoe.
7. Buy athletic and work shoes that meet the stability, support, protection, and cushioning requirements for what you do.
8. Beware of high-heeled shoes. Women are at risk for developing a variety of foot and posture problems as a result of wearing high heels. Low-heeled shoes with plenty of room in the toe are safer and healthier.