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Fitting Shoes: How to Get Right Fit For Your Shoes

Getting shoes that fit correctly is one of the best things you can do for your feet and for your walking routine. Who wants to get moving when their feet hurt?

Here are some tips to help you get the shoe with the best fit possible:

  • Try on shoes at the end of the day

    Feet swell as the day progresses. Trying on your shoes at the end of the day will ensure that your shoes will be comfortable no matter what time you wear them.

  • Get the right size shoe

    If you have wide feet, make sure you find shoes in the proper width. While some people may try to buy shoes in the next largest size, podiatrists recommend taking time to find shoes that are the appropriate length and width. Trying to accommodate your width by simply wearing a larger size can create many problems. You may not get the right support and could even begin to develop blisters and ball-of-foot pain, or even hurt your arch. Your best bet is to start with a shoe that fits properly at the ball of your footwhich is the widest part of your foot.

  • Have plenty of toe space

    Your foot flattens out and stretches a bit as you walk. So you want to wear shoes that have plenty of space around your toes to prevent hammertoes and ingrown toenails. The general rule is to make sure your toes have space equal to the width of your thumb between your big toe and the edge of your shoe. Also, your toes should not feel cramped against the top or sides of the shoe.

  • Walk around & test how the shoe fits

    Take a few laps around your house before you settle on a shoe. Taking a few steps will not tell you whether the shoe is truly comfortable. You need to really walk in them for several minutes to get a better idea of how the shoe will feel when you go out for your daily exercise walk.

  • Avoid shoes that rub against your feet

    If you feel a seam or the tongue of the shoe rubbing against your feet, do not buy the shoes. Any unnatural rubbing can lead to blisters, calluses or other foot problems. If you feel any discomfort in your shoes, try another pair.

    If you have been wearing the same pair of shoes for six months or more, you will see some wear on the inside. Once you notice this, you should replace the shoes. Not only have you worn out the support, but the loose fabric rubbing against your feet can cause blisters and calluses.

  • Always have a spare pair of shoes!

    Once you’ve found the right shoe for you, get another pair. If you walk every day or wear your shoes for long periods of time, they may get damp from weather or perspiration. A spare helps ensure that you always have a dry pair of shoes to wear. Not only will your shoes last longer, but your feet will feel great!

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