Footwear Fundamentals

Worried about developing bunions? Experiencing pain around the Achilles tendon or shins? You may have a foot wear dilemma! Here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing the right foot wear for your feet!

  • Appropriate footwear for the current weather conditions

  • Please NO flip flops on a cold and rainy day!

  • Appropriate shoe fitting--

  • This is an important measurement to make sure the heel is not slipping when the foot is pushing off.

  • For children's sizes, additional wiggle room should be added to allow for growth.

  • The A-E width indicators used by most American, Canadian, and some British shoe manufacturers are typically based on the width of the foot.

  • A shoe that’s width is too narrow will create compression on the forefoot and toes resulting in soft tissue deformation which can lead to permanent deformity.

  • Arch height

  • Wet foot print/Baby power print

  • Unsure about your arch height? Try making a foot print after stepping out of the shower or by using some powder. But remember, due to the motility of our feet, you may still experience pronation (rolling in) or supination (rolling out) of the foot/ankle while in motion.

  • Forefoot flex

  • When purchasing new athletic shoes, you want to check to make sure the natural fold of the shoe matches the flex of your forefoot. By folding the toe of the shoe back towards the heel, a forefoot flex appears. Place the shoe next to your foot and double check that the shoe’s flex and your forefoot flex are similar! If not, keep looking!

  • Heel lock/Lace lock your athletic shoes

  • This is a BETTER way to lace your tennis/athletic shoes to reduce slipping of the heel, reducing potential blisters or other heel deformities!

Still unsure about what to purchase or wear? For more information, please call and schedule your appointment today!


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