Make Sure Those New Shoes Fit

April-Is-Foot-Health-Awareness-Month-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-April-2016Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems. Check out these tips:

  • Shoes size may change over time, so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
  • Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other. Make sure your shoes fit your larger foot.
  • Don’t buy shoes without trying them on, Shoe sizes can vary depending on the kind, make and style
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right. The heel of the shoe should not slide up and down.
  • Stand when trying on shoes to make sure there is about ½ inch between your toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
  • Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight with the hope that they will stretch.
  • The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material.
  • Soles should give solid footing and not slip.
  • Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.

– Source: National Institute on Aging