Buying Shoes and Getting a Proper Fit

When shopping for a new pair of shoes, many people will not take anything other than fashion into account. However, what many people fail to realize is that buying the wrong pair of shoes can cause many issues to one’s foot health. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we don’t want to see this happen. Dr. Hochstein, our podiatrist on Long Island, will educate you on what to look for when buying shoes and what a proper fit consists of so that your feet can remain healthy. 

What To Look For When Buying Shoes 

When you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes, style and brand name should be lower on your list of requirements. A pair of shoes that you have deemed fashionable may be detrimental to wear. To protect your feet, our podiatrist on Long Island recommends looking for the following in each pair you buy:

  • Heel collars that will cushion the ankle.
  • Gel, foam, or air midsoles that offer cushion and support while limiting the impact on your foot when it hits the ground
  • Traction on the soles that will help reduce the risk of slips and falls.
  • A spacious toe box to prevent the development of calluses.
  • The material the shoe is made of should correlate to the situation in which you’ll be using them. Snow boots should be made of a waterproof material such as leather, while running shoes should be made of mesh so they are breathable and lightweight.   

Determining The Right Fit

Now that you know what to look for, our podiatrist on Long Island will teach you how to determine the right fit for your feet. When buying a new pair of shoes, be sure to consider the width and length of your feet, as well as their arches. Below are a few examples of how you can determine if a pair of shoes fit properly:

  • Shopping for shoes later in the day will ensure that you try on each pair when your feet are at their largest due to the natural swelling of the feet throughout the day.
  • Make sure the shoes are wide enough. The side-to-side fit should be snug, but not tight.
  • Have a salesperson measure both of your feet, as one foot can be larger than the other. 
  • Try to avoid shoes that have a pointed toe box or heels higher than one inch.
  • Always walk in a pair of shoes before buying them to ensure they are comfortable.  

Contact Our Podiatrist on Long Island

The team at Great Neck Family Foot Care understands the importance of foot health and how the shoes we wear every day can affect their health. We strive to educate people on the importance of wearing the right shoes and how to determine which shoes are best for them. If you are experiencing foot problems as a result of the shoes you wear, be sure to contact us today to discover how our podiatrist on Long Island can help!