Does the Shoe Fit?

This is one of the most common questions podiatrists are asked.

The answer depends on many factors. The type of activity you are planning, the type of foot you have, your age, your medical conditions and any foot problems that you may have. But there are 7 simple rules for choosing a good shoe:

  1. The shoes should be long enough and deep enough to avoid any pressure on the tips or the tops of the toes;
  2. The shoe should be the width of your thumb longer than your longest toe;
  3. The shoes should have a firm fastening device around the instep: a bar, a lace or a Velcro strap. This is to hold the foot back against the heel and to prevent the foot sliding forward and the heel slipping out of the shoe;
  4. A low broad heel will reduce the pressure on the front of the foot and increase stability;
  5. The toe box should be round and wide to avoid cramping of the toes.It should be deep enough to accommodate any toes deformities or insole that may be required;
  6. The shape and the width of the shoes should be more or less the same as your feet;
  7. The sole of the shoes should be made up of resilient, non-slip materials.

Q: So, does this mean that you should throw away all your “fashionable” shoes???

A: No, but we do recommend you try to think of your feet and wear a more foot-friendly shoe as much as you can to prevent pain and discomfort.

Note: This is general advice that does not replace the specific advice of your podiatrist regarding your feet. Keep in mind that everyone is different and it is important to match shoes to accommodate your specific foot type and any deformities for the function and purpose you need.