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How to Measure Your Shoe Size

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Shopping for footwear can be challenging, because the size of shoe that is right for you may not be a clear-cut number. For that reason, it is imperative that you measure your feet properly. Measuring the feet includes both the length and the width of your foot, because a pair of shoes that fits the length may not fit the width. Most shoe stores have measuring devices. When you stand on your foot, it will expand to give you a more accurate measure. Note also that one foot may be slightly larger than the other. Also, as you get older your foot size may change. More rigid leather and more flexible mesh shoes may fit your foot differently. So at some point, the actual size can become less important than the fit. The height of the heel also can play a part in how the shoe fits. About one-half an inch of space is recommended at the tip of the shoe with a higher heel, because the toes will be pushed forward when you stand. In addition, foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes, also play a role in the fit of your shoe. For information about choosing the right size shoe for your feet, please consult a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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