It is odd, but factual, that women often wear the wrong shoe size and in most cases, their shoes are too short or narrow. When their feet are measured, they often react with denial that their feet have changed as they have “always worn the same size.” When checking shoe fit, one should allow at least half an inch between the big toe and the front part of the shoe. The pinky toe should not push against the side of the shoe. Women are more apt to prefer pointier toe boxes, instead of round ones. It might be OK if a woman’s feet are narrow, but if they are medium to extra wide, wearing such shoes can be painful and cause conditions like ingrown toenails, bunions, or hammertoes. The truth is that foot's shape and shoe size change over time. Some things that contribute to a change in shoe size are pregnancy, aging, and weight gain or loss. Over time, feet can get longer and wider because arches decrease, and the foot flattens and lengthens. If you are experiencing foot pain, it might be helped by simply having your feet measured and wearing a half-inch size larger shoe. Consult with a podiatrist who can properly measure your feet and discuss how you might better approach thinking about shoe size.
Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Getting the Right Shoe Size
There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.
- When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
- Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
- Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
- Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
- If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes
As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.