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8 Tips for choosing the right footwear

Written By Anuj Soni 06 Dec 2023
8 Tips for choosing the right footwear

Choosing the right shoes is not just about wearing what looks good, or what’s in style — it's crucial for maintaining good foot health. Wearing the incorrect shoes can not only cause you immediate foot pain, but it can also cause you problems further down the road. 

But how do you know which shoes are best for your feet? Discover how to choose the right footwear with expert advice from our City Foot Health podiatrists

1. Start with the right size

One of the fundamental aspects of choosing the right footwear is selecting the correct size. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to a plethora of foot problems, from blisters and bunions to chronic pain. 

To determine your size accurately, it's a wise idea to get both feet measured. Most people have one foot slightly larger than the other, and opting for the size of the larger foot can ensure a more comfortable fit.

2. Prioritise arch support

Arch support is crucial for maintaining the natural alignment of your feet and preventing issues such as plantar fasciitis and overpronation. When shopping for shoes, look for those that provide adequate arch support. 

Podiatrist-recommended shoes often come with built-in arch support, but you can also purchase orthotic insoles if your chosen footwear lacks this feature.

3. Mind the heel height

High heels may be fashionable, but they can wreak havoc on your feet. Wearing extremely high heels puts excessive pressure on the forefoot, leading to problems like metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot) and hammertoes. 

If you choose to wear heels, opt for ones with a moderate height and consider using gel inserts or cushions to alleviate some of the pressure.

4. Prioritise flexibility

Flexibility is another key factor to consider when choosing footwear. Your shoes should bend at the ball of the foot, allowing for natural movement while walking. Stiff shoes can hinder your gait and contribute to discomfort. 

Test the flexibility of potential shoes by gently pressing the sole near the ball of the foot. If it doesn't flex easily, consider alternative options.

5. Consider material quality

The material of your shoes plays a significant role in comfort and durability. Breathable materials like leather and mesh allow for proper air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal infections and odours. 

In addition, high-quality materials tend to be more comfortable and can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. When choosing shoes, prioritise those made from durable and breathable materials.

6. Pay attention to toe box space

The toe box is the front portion of the shoe that accommodates your toes. It's crucial to have plenty of space in this area to prevent issues like ingrown toenails and corns. 

When trying on shoes, ensure that there is enough room for your toes to wiggle comfortably. Avoid shoes that pinch or squeeze your toes together.

7. Test for comfort

Before making a final decision, always test the comfort of the shoes by taking a short walk around the shop. Pay attention to any areas of discomfort, pressure points, or rubbing. 

If you experience discomfort during this brief trial, it's unlikely the shoes will become more comfortable with extended wear.

8. Replace worn-out footwear

Lastly, remember that shoes have a limited lifespan. Over time, their cushioning and support  can deteriorate, increasing the risk of foot problems. 

Our City Foot Health podiatrists recommend replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles if you're a runner or every 6-12 months for daily wear shoes, depending on usage and quality.

Find your perfect fit with City Foot Health

Wearing poorly fitting shoes can lead to a wide range of foot related problems and pain, such as metatarsalgia and Plantar Fasciitis so it’s important to take care of your feet when problems arise. 

Book a consultation with our expert team of podiatrists to find out the cause of your pain. Browse our treatment pricing list, and get in touch with us to find out more today. 

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