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Choosing Shoes For Every Need Los Angeles Foot And Ankle Surgeon

Choosing Shoes for Every Need

Shoes are more than just fashionable, at least if you’re trying to minimize foot pain and prevent injuries. Whether you’re going to work, running or jogging, playing soccer, or just strolling around the neighborhood or local mall, you’ll be more comfortable with a shoe that’s designed for the occasion. Consider the following tips when choosing the right shoes for every need.

Sneakers for Active Sports/Walking

Sneakers provide the right type of support and cushioning you’ll need for any type of active sports or while walking. With running shoes, look for ones likely to cushion or stabilize your feet on harder surfaces. With cross-training shoes, you’ll want something that provides good contact with the ground.

Opt for Real Materials for Dress Shoes

Man-made materials aren’t as bendable as leather. Dress shoes, in particular, are usually worn for most of the day, so you’ll want something that will expand slightly to accommodate changes in your feet that naturally occur throughout the day.

Watch Your Heel Height

Watch how high you go with the heel height. Anything above a few inches will place extra pressure on the bones and joints in your feet. If you normally wear heels throughout your day, keep a comfy pair of flat shoes handy to switch off now and then to give your feet a break.

Get Your Feet Measured

Feet can change shape over time and become wider or larger, so you’ll likely get a better fit with a proper measurement, especially if you haven’t had your feet measured in a while. If you have one foot that’s larger than the other, get the size that fits the larger one.

Try Before You Buy

Even if you’re absolutely certain of your shoe size, different brands tend to have slightly different fits. Take a minute to try on your shoes before you make a purchase by making sure you have enough comfort room around the toes and by your heels.

Foot pain from shoes that don’t fit right can start off as mild and become progressively worse as bones, joints, and muscles become affected or damaged. If you do experience some type of foot pain, don’t ignore it. If getting new or different shoes doesn’t help, see a podiatrist to determine if there is an issue with your feet, toes, or ankles.

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