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How to Buy Shoes That Fit Properly | Foot Care

Learn how to buy shoes that fit properly with this Howcast video about foot care.


Hi, my name's Dr. John Fritz, and I'm going to talk to you about how to find a proper fitting shoe.

One of the most important things that I recommend to everyone is have your shoe measured. If you haven't had your shoe measured in years, we change. As we get older, our feet get bigger, wider. If you had a child, your foot is no longer the same size it was.

Sizes are no longer standard. So try the shoe on. Just because you're a 10 normally, doesn't mean you're going to be a 10 in that shoe. Try multiple sizes and see which feels best.

I usually recommend shopping in the evening. As our day goes by, our foot typically swells. In the evening, it can swell as much as eight percent, so it's important to be fitted at the end of the day.

Usually, one of our feet is bigger than the other. So when you're shoe shopping, always make sure that you fit the shoe to your bigger foot. Length of the shoe is also critical. The shoe should be three-eighths of a inch to a half inch longer than your longest toe. Not everybody's big toe is the longest. In fact, 15 percent of the population, their second toe is actually longer than the rest.

Make sure you have adequate width in the front of the shoe, especially if you have a bunion or a tailor's bunion deformity. Make sure you have adequate height in the toe box of the shoe, especially if you have hammer toe deformities.

If you're a bigger person or you have foot deformity where your foot rolls in, you need a more supportive shoe. Check the last of the shoe and make sure it's firm and stable for your weight and for your foot structure.

I prefer tie up shoes or shoes that can actually be fastened. They tend to give you more support and stability when you walk.

I prefer a shoe that has a removable inner sole. This makes it easier to fit for over-the-counter arch supports or custom orthotics in the future.

Just because a shoe is expensive doesn't mean it's a good shoe. Shop for fit and shop for construction. If it doesn't feel good in the store, don't buy it. If you're still not sure and buy it anyway, wear it around the house, and if it bothers you, take it back. You can avoid so many problems in the future.

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