Did you know that our feet carry us about five times around the earth in an average lifetime, yet the feet are the most neglected part of our body? In fact, most people rarely wear the best shoes for their feet. This post aims to show you what to look at and what to examine when buying shoes.
QUICK TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST SHOES
- You need to be able to wiggle your toes inside your shoes.
- Try to buy shoes in the evening or afternoon as our feet get swollen towards the end of the day.
- The size matters! Always ask to measure your feet! Your foot size today is not the same as back in college!
- Always put the shoes on both feet before you buy them. You should walk for a few minutes to make sure they do not pinch or rub your feet. Don’t judge while sitting! Check the shoes while walking.
- Best shoes have leather uppers or materials that mould well and are breathable.
- Shoes are different from other clothes! They can affect the function and biomechanics of our feet or even the whole body! Some experts consider shoes as a medical device.
- Not every type of shoe is suitable for your feet. Always ask a professional if you are not sure.
- Function vs Fashion! Your call can cost your feet dearly.
- High heels are not for walking distances.
CHOOSING THE BEST SHOES
Many adult foot problems are or can be worse, because of poorly fitting shoes. To fit a pair of shoes for your feet try to apply the following rules:
- Heel: Broad base and no greater than 4cm.
- Heel Counter (Heel Cup): Should be firm to stabilize the foot and ankle.
- Sole: Needs enough grip, cushioning and protection.
- Linings: Best is to be seam-free, especially for people with diabetes or neuropathy.
- Fastenings: Better to unlace before putting the shoes on. It not only helps to make sure the shoe is properly fit every day but also makes you bend which will help your flexibility!
- Toe Box: Should have sufficient depth! Toes need to wiggle! Most of the time, the foot or bunion pain comes from the small, pointy or narrow toe box of the shoes.
- Length: Should allow all toes to lie flat and extend during walking. Need to have some space between the big toe and the tip of the shoe (10mm in adults and 14mm in children).
- Insole: Ideal is removable insoles to let you put in your orthotics.
- Your child may not know or be able to explain that their shoes are too tight. Buy a shoe from a children’s shoe shop that has a trained shoe fitter to measure a child’s feet.
- Shoes should be fitted to leave about 14mm growing between the end of the longest toe (usually the 2nd toe) and the end of the shoe.
- Walking barefoot is recommended for children younger than 5 as it helps with proper arch development. It is not recommended for adults though.
Three quick ways to examine a good shoe!
- The shoe only should bend at the ball of the foot. If the shoe bends from the midsole, it can cause arch strain and pain. It can trigger plantar fasciitis as well.
- The heel counter has to be firm. If the area around and behind the heel is too soft and flimsy, it can cause ankle sprain, blister, and promotes pronation which can lead to foot pain such as plantar fasciitis.
- The shoe needs torsional rigidity and stability. You should not be able to completely twist a shoe.
Remember! Just like a car that requires attention and regular service, feet need to be looked after to function properly.
Sometimes a good pair of shoes is enough for your feet. However, in many cases, a good pair of shoes needs to be paired with a pair of custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are required in a variety of conditions to treat or prevent progression and recurrence of symptoms. That includes flat feet, very high arch feet, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, general foot pain, foot fatigue, corns and calluses under pressure points, etc.
If you have any questions about your shoes, please contact us via our website: CONTACT US.
We can provide you with several brands of proper footwear including orthopedic shoes, slippers or sandals.
Some insurance companies have coverage for off-the-shelf orthopedic shoes. To be eligible for the coverage, you need to book an appointment with our chiropodist to be assessed and receive the prescription. If you do not have coverage for shoes, you do not need an appointment to buy one of our orthopedic shoes and we would be happy to help you to choose the right one for your feet.
Please be advised that custom-made shoes are different from orthopedic shoes and one requires to have severe foot deformity to be eligible for coverage. The custom-made shoes are usually above $1800 CAD. This is not what most people need.
Some Of Our Shoe Brands (click on each brand to see its catalogue):