5 Tips For A Balanced Shoe Fit
Your feet are the window to your sole and the foundation of your entire body. On average Americans walk 4,000 steps a day, which is about 1.5 to 2 miles. At the forefront of each springing step are your feet and, often overlooked, your supportive shoes.
Poorly designed or ill-fitting shoes can cause pain and problems in your feet. These issues can ripple throughout your entire body, affecting your back, knees, joints and muscles.
On the contrary, as you walk to work or run for exercise, a quality pair of shoes can improve your daily health. Properly fitting shoes can help align your feet, ankles, hips, knees and back, enhancing your posture and the way you walk.
So, how should you go about selecting the perfect pair of shoes?
Below, we have five tips so that you can find your balanced shoe fit:
- Schedule a foot exam. Having a foot exam with a board-certified foot and ankle physician is the most important first step in foot and ankle wellness. During this, your physician will be able to identify your particular foot type and unique biomechanics. This should then be followed up with a visit to a reputable shoe vendor, where they can help select the right shoe with the right fit and shape to meet your needs.
- Measure your feet at the end of the day. The path to a pair of perfect fitting shoes begins with proper measurement. Your feet tend to change as you get older, so before purchasing a pair shoes, make sure to get a proper measurement of both of your feet. We recommend measuring your feet later in the evening so that you can account for any normal swelling that occurs in your feet throughout your daily routine.
- Trace your shape. Your feet are unique and so is your perfect shoe fit. As you select shoes, ensure your choice in footgear reflects the shape of your feet. To do so, use a sheet of paper and trace the outline of your feet, remaining as close to a standing position as possible. This will provide a true footprint, reflecting both the length and width of your feet. That way, when you’re shopping for a pair of shoes, you can simply place a shoe on top of your tracing to see if it will be a great match for your foot.
- Pay special attention to your arch. One of the most important factors in the perfect shoe fit is the arch length — the distance and curve from your heel to the ball of your foot. For the most comfortable fit, your arch length and curve should align with the bend in your shoes.
- Try before you buy. Don’t wait for your shoes to feel comfortable until you “break them in.” Instead, start with a comfortable pair of shoes by simply trying on a pair of shoes before purchasing. See how your body feels while you stand and walk on different surfaces. Try to notice any discomfort or irritation from the shoe itself including cushioning on the sole or a poorly placed seam. If your feet are happy, then you know you’ve found the perfect fit.
Find your balanced fit
Your particular foot type, unique biomechanics and their influences affect the type of shoe you should be selecting. At Balance Foot & Ankle, we offer the latest technology in prescribing custom foot orthotics, which can complement your perfect pair of shoes. They can optimize your mechanics, prevent injury and even slow the progression of some painful conditions.
From medical and surgical appointments to aesthetics and wellness, Balance Foot & Ankle’s well-rounded and comprehensive approach to foot and ankle treatment fosters an environment of excellence, hospitality and compassion within a contemporary yet warm setting.
Experience a balanced approach to total wellbeing. Schedule your appointment today!