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When It Comes to Buying New Shoes a Proper Fit is More Important than Beauty

fungal toenail2When it comes to updating your athletic shoes for the new year or season, it is important to keep in mind that a proper fitting shoe is more important that the beauty of the shoe. Knowing your feet and understanding the gait and foot structure can change over time is important in deciding what type of shoe is best for your foot needs. Additionally knowing your size is also vital for proper fitting shoes. Shoe size can change even during the adult years and different brands are true to different sizes making it best to measure your feet to ensure proper fit. Some other tips for finding a shoe with the proper fit include shopping towards the end of the day when they foot has expanded, bringing your own socks to try on with the shoes, and any gaps in the toe box of the shoes should not be more than the width of your thumb.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information, contact Dr. Gregory Birch and Dr. Andrew Birch of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.

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