If the shoe fits?

Maybe it’s the wrong size… Sometimes the easiest solution is the best solution. One of the easiest and often overlooked ways to address foot pain is by checking shoe size. Studies show a large percentage of people aren’t wearing the right shoe size, so making sure you are is a good first step. Shoes that are too big for you can be as detrimental as shoes that are too small. Having your feet move side to side or front to back in your shoes can lead to calluses, inflammation and sometimes open sores. It’s even more important for people with neuropathy to have perfect fitting shoes. A blister or sore can lead to an infection and worse. Having your feet measured every time you purchase shoes is highly recommended. Remember that measured size is just the starting point in determining fit. Unfortunately, sizing systems and manufacturing of foot wear are not universal. Size differences between brands and styles can vary by as much as a whole size to what they are labeled. Although it’s easier now than ever to purchase shoes online or at self-serve stores, these aren’t the recommended approach. Avoiding unnecessary foot pain can be as simple as wearing the right size shoes. We are here to help if you need recommendations on sizing or fit of all foot wear.

Author
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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