How to Pick the Right Footwear? An Expert Podiatrist’s Advice

One of our daily elemental activities is walking. On average, a person spends four hours on their feet and walks about four thousand steps daily. So, picking out footwear with a proper fit is essential to facilitate your feet while you go about your day. But only a few people mindfully shop for footwear according to their foot requirements and their primary activities. People generally opt for fashion over function, which can worsen foot conditions or give rise to new ones, such as bunions, blisters, hammertoes, and fallen arches.

Here are a few tips to remember when picking out footwear you will be happy with:

  • Purchase footwear near the end of the day when your feet are larger, and try them on with the socks you typically prefer.
  • With age, our feet become larger. Confirm your size before you buy your shoes.
  • Measure both your feet on a shoe scale. Usually, one foot is larger than the other. Your shoes should fit both your feet.
  • Your footwear should fit your feet comfortably right out of the box. Don’t expect them to stretch or break in later.
  • Footwear brands can have different sizes. It is better to check your size before making the actual purchase of a particular brand’s footwear.

The usual footwear available in the market does not provide ample support to the foot arch, ankles, and heels. The inserts available in retail stores are of the standard variety that fails to provide proper fit and comfort. Our expert podiatrists can help you find the appropriate footwear according to your requirements and discuss the need for prescription inserts like custom orthotics.

The foot experts at Desert Podiatric Medical Specialists in the Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley areas of Pima County, Arizona, have unparalleled experience treating all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors: Christopher M. Funk, D.P.M., FACFAS, Bradley A. Whitaker, D.P.M., FACFAS, Peter C. Merrill, D.P.M., AACFAS, and Zeno Pfau, D.P.M., is dedicated to serving you with state-of-the-art, cutting edge medical technologies, including the PinPointe FootLaser, custom-fitted orthotics, and Radial Pulse Therapy (RPT) for chronic foot, heel, or ankle pain. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please call (520) 575-0800.

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