Proper Shoe Fitting
Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is improperly fitting shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and overall structure of our entire body, pain and discomfort felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitting footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.
Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you intend to purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the shoe.
It may be difficult to focus on these things with all the distractions of shopping, or be tempted to ignore the pain because you REALLY want a particular pair of shoes. However, if you cannot wear shoes because they hurt too much, your money and time will be wasted. When you get your new shoes home, put them on and walk around on a carpeted surface to ensure your shoes fit comfortably during normal activity.
With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for damage to the sensitive components within the foot are greater than many people realize. Finding a properly fitting shoe is the single most important factor in preventing injury and maintaining optimal foot health. Adults tend to forget that feet continue to change as we grow older. So, even though adults no longer experience growth spurts associated with youth, their feet still change shape as they mature.
If you already have problems with your feet, wearing improperly fitting shoes can potentially exacerbate those problems. Fortunately, it does not require a tremendous amount of effort to find shoes that fit correctly. When shopping for shoes, keep in mind that improperly fitting shoes can potentially cause a whole host of disorders and problems to occur within the feet themselves by affecting the entire bio-mechanical structure of the body. Your posture and your stride are based on your feet, so your footwear can have a tremendous impact on the legs, back, and rest of your body. Finding the proper shoe size is essential to keeping your feet and body healthy.