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Choosing the Most Comfortable Shoes for You:
Opt for Comfortable Shoes to Help Alleviate Painful Foot Aches
 
If you have problem feet, your shoes could be the reason why, as many ill-fitting, poorly designed shoes contribute to such conditions as bunions, corns and calluses. Roomy, cushioned shoes, however, can provide you with the comfort and support you need. And once you find your most comfortable shoes, you’ll never want to wear anything else again.
 
Shopping for the Most Comfortable Shoes
 
Before you can start walking in your new and most comfortable shoes, however, you need to buy them. You shoes can only be rated as your most comfortable shoes if they have the following characteristics. Here’s what to look for when going out to buy your new and most comfortable shoes:
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #1: Look for shoes with a firm heel counter.
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #2: Your shoes should have a wide enough toe box to accommodate toes without pinching them.
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #3: Be on the lookout for shoes with a semi-rigid or rigid shank.
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #4: Look for footwear with a removable inner sole.
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #5: Buy shoes with a long vamp.
  • Buying the Most Comfortable Shoes - Tip #6: Be on the lookout for shoes with a heel measuring between ¾ - 1½ inches.

Remember:
  • Your most comfortable shoes should hold onto the foot, not the other way around.
  • Your most comfortable shoes may have features like Velcro®, and easily adjust to accommodate swollen, wide and/or problem-prone feet.

Here are some other features to consider when looking to buy that most comfortable shoe:
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a padded collar and tongue to help protect sensitive areas, reduce irritation and secure the fit.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a rubber outsole to aid with slip resistance.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have an interchangeable removable insole to help with perspiration problems and accommodate any orthotic devices.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have Velcro® to help provide good closure and adjust to accommodate wide, swollen and/or problem-prone feet.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a plastizote foam lining that molds to the foot, reducing pressure points and providing customized comfort and protection.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a firm compression EVA midsole and breathable leather upper.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a flared outsole to help enhance foot stability.
  • The most comfortable shoes you can find should have a polyurethane rocker sole to help reduce ball-of-foot pain and absorb shock.
 
The Most Comfortable Shoes for People with Specific Foot Ailments
 
People with specific ailments should look for the most comfortable shoes that can help best relieve their pain.
  • If you have diabetes and/or swollen feet, look for shoes that are quite roomy. Oxfords, for example, are good examples of shoes that often rate as the most comfortable shoes on the market. With their added depth feature, they can accommodate even the fifth toe.
  • If you’re suffering from bunions, your shoes should have spandex stretch uppers to help reduce chafing and friction when walking.
  • If you have heel pain and need shoes for plantar fasciitis, add over-the-counter arch supports to your shoes to make them the most comfortable shoes. If this doesn’t help alleviate pain, visit a podiatrist to be fitted for custom orthotics.
 
Tips for Buying Your Most Comfortable Shoes
 
1. Never buy your new and most comfortable shoes first thing in the morning. The feet swell as the day goes on, and your footwear should accommodate this added size.

2. Always break in your new and most comfortable shoes at home on carpeting.

3. Do not expect your new footwear to stretch. If the shoe does not fit, do not wear it. Check to make sure your new shoe have a thumb-length space at the toe end of the shoe beyond the longest toe to receive the best care.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
 

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