Choosing the right shoes

Friday, November 21, 2003
  • Wear good footwear to prevent potential problems.

  • Ensure your shoes fit snugly, but not tightly.

  • Allow plenty of room for your toes - approximately a thumb's width of space between the end of your longest toe and the end of your shoe.

  • Fit your shoes while standing, as your body weight influences position and fit.

  • If you have one foot larger than the other, fit the shoe to your larger foot. You can use an inner sole if necessary to bridge the gap in the shoe of your smaller foot.

  • Choose shoes made from material that allows your feet to breathe (not plastic or vinyl). Many shoes are made from synthetic material and include systems that may promote air flow within the shoe eg. leather and canvas sports shoes.

  • As your foot tends to grow during the course of a day, choose your shoes late in the day.

  • Avoid wearing high heel or pointy toe shoes for long periods, as this can cause lower back pain, aching feet and legs and clawed toes. Keep your high heels for special occasions.

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