Shoes. We wear them every day and often take them for granted but our podiatry team wants to change that. The right pair of shoes can truly impact foot health for both better or worse. As an Indianapolis podiatrist, I offer the following shoe advice for wound and diabetic care patients.
• Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don’t select shoes by the size inside the shoe. Measure your foot and choose the shoe by how it fits on your foot.
• You should stand while the shoe is being fitted. There should be about a half an inch of space in front of your longest toe at the end of the shoe.
• Your foot size increases during the day. Try on shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
• The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
• The heel of your feet shoe fit comfortably into the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
• You should try to be fitted for shoes wearing socks that are the same thickness of socks you intend to wear. Also, if you normally wear orthotics in your shoes, you should try your shoes on with these inserted..
• Shoes that fit properly should be comfortable to wear right out of the box. They should not need to be “broken in.” Don?t buy shoes that are too tight and expect them to stretch to fit your feet.
Do you live in the Indianapolis area and have other questions you would like to have us answer about foot health? Please reach out today.