Choosing Shoes for Better Foot Health

Senior-Health-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems.  Try these tips when shoe shopping:

  • Choose a shoe that is shaped like your foot.  Styles with high heels or pointed toes can hurt your feet.
  • Stand up when trying on shoes to make sure there is about ½ in between your toe and the end of the shoe.  Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the hsoe.
  • Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and hope they will stretch.
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right.  The heel of the shoe should not slide up and down.
  • Soles should give solid footing and not slip.  Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces.

Source:  National Institute on Aging