With the change of seasons (Welcome, spring!), you may be thinking about buying some new shoes. Start by assessing what’s currently in your closet. At Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Fairfax County, Virginia, we encourage our patients to examine their shoes on a regular basis for two essential reasons:
- It’s a safety issue. Worn out heels make you more likely to slip and fall. Thin soles do a lousy job of protecting your feet from sharp objects. Check out the shoes you’ve got. If you see signs of wear, especially in the heels, soles, and arches, toss them.
- Replacing old, uncomfortable shoes prevents foot problems. Shoes that no longer provide the proper support, pinch you in the toes, or slip off your heel with every step are going to cause or aggravate problems such as toe deformities, bunions, corns, calluses, blisters, and neuromas.
Once you determine what needs to go, you can concentrate on buying new shoes that’ll keep your feet comfortable and safe. Here are some tips from board-certified podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM:
- Buy shoes with uppers made of soft, breathable material.
- Shop at the end of the day. Your feet are likely to be at their largest after a day’s worth of walking and working.
- Try on both shoes, since one foot is likely to be larger than the other.
- Take more than just a few steps. Walk around the store for a few minutes to make sure they’re a comfortable fit.
- Consider buying more than one pair. A sturdy flip-flop is great for the beach, but not for a day of sightseeing in the city.
- If you’re buying athletic shoes, follow the same guidelines above and be sure to buy the correct shoe for your chosen sport.
You’ll find more tips for buying shoes and getting a good fit on our website. If your feet are giving you trouble and you can’t seem to find comfortable shoes, make an appointment for a full foot exam with Dr. Wilhelm. Call us in Centreville at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.