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Shoe Types and Proper Fitting

Podiatrists play a vital role in advising on shoe types and ensuring proper fitting, which is essential for foot health and comfort. They begin by evaluating the individual’s foot shape, size, arch type, and any specific foot conditions, such as flat feet or high arches. Understanding these characteristics allows them to recommend shoes that provide the right support and fit. Podiatrists often suggest footwear with adequate cushioning, arch support, and a proper toe box size to accommodate the foot comfortably without causing pressure. For those with specific foot problems or unique biomechanical needs, podiatrists may recommend custom-made orthotic inserts. These inserts are designed to fit perfectly within the shoe, providing additional support and aligning the foot correctly to reduce strain and prevent injuries. Podiatrists also educate on the importance of replacing shoes regularly, especially for active individuals, as worn-out shoes can lead to poor foot alignment and increased injury risk. If you would like counsel on selecting the right shoe and size for you or your family members, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for this type of guidance.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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