By Jeff Sheppard 17 Aug 2019 no comment 1227 Views

Approximately 4 out of every 5 people will experience foot problems at some point in their lifetime.  Many foot problems can be avoided if you wear properly fitted shoes.   These tips will help you the next time you go shoe shopping.

Tips for Shoe Shopping

Go shoe shopping later in the day.  Feet expand during the day as you walk around on them.  Buying shoes in the late afternoon or evening is best.  Shoes that feel fine in the morning may be tight and pinching by evening.

Re-evaluate your foot size regularly.  You may think you “know your size” but it is possible for your size to change as you age.  The natural arch of the foot tends to fall, requiring a larger shoe.  Don’t cling to a number.  It’s more important that a shoe fit properly and feel good.

Your feet may not be the same size.  It’s normal for one foot to be half a size, or even a full size, larger than the other.  Buy shoes that fit the larger foot.

Ensure your shoes are wide enough.  Those of us with wide feet may have more of a challenge finding shoes that fit properly.  The time taken is well worth the effort.  Shoes that are too tight or too narrow can cause damage to your feet over time.  A number of retailers carry wide and extra-wide shoes.

It’s hard to guess whether a shoe’s material will “stretch to fit.”  Most shoes that are not made of leather will not stretch.  Leather usually stretches, but will it stretch enough?  Don’t take the chance—buy shoes that fit properly in the store.

The sole of a shoe should contain a cushioning material that will protect your feet from impact while walking or running.  Cheap shoes have flimsy cardboard liners that will not guard your feet against damage.

Shoes should have good treads that provide traction when it is wet or icy, or when the surface you are walking on is uneven.  Your mileage will vary depending on the sort of shoe – a dress shoe will not offer the same traction as a hiking boot – but whenever possible, avoid shoes with smooth soles.

What if my feet still hurt?

You’ve bought supportive shoes and you know you haven’t had time to wear them out—so why do your feet hurt?  Sheppard Chiropractic Centre can help.

Foot pain is common.  As you get older, your chances of experiencing foot pain increase.

Chiropractors are musculo-skeletal experts.  That includes your feet!  Sheppard Chiropractic Centre offers custom orthotics and laser therapy.  Laser therapy is successful at treating a variety of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bone spurs, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

If your feet hurt, call us today, at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172.  We can help!

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