How to Choose Shoes

The Right Shoe Matters

Many diabetic related foot problems can be traced back to the type of shoes you are wearing and whether or not you have a proper fit.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Looking at the wear patterns on your shoes may help you get a better fit.

Tips for getting the right fit

Shoe shop later in the day. Almost everyone develops some swelling in their feet by the end of the day, more if you spend a lot of time on your feet. If you wait until later in the day to shoe shop, you will be less likely to purchase shoes that are too tight.

Wear appropriate socks/hosiery. Wear the socks, hosiery or tights you would wear with the type of shoes you are trying on. The thickness of the sock will affect the fit of the shoe, so don’t wear gym socks to try on a pair of dress shoes.

Have your feet measured 1 or 2 times yearly. Feet change size as we grow older. The ligaments and other soft tissues in your feet tend to relax and stretch out with age. This causes your feet to change size and shape.

Before you invest in a new pair of shoes, invest some time in making sure you get the best fit. Measure the length, width and arch length of your feet with a Brannock device. If you have foot problems or are unsure about proper shoe fit, go to a shoe store that offers professional, personalized shoe fitting. A thorough shoe fitting may take a little more time but your feet will thank you for it!

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