Whether you’re an athlete or a health buff, foot wear is a major aspect in achieving the goal of fitness. Comfort is a natural factor you would consider when buying any kind of shoes. While style is something to also think about, you need shoes that you can walk, run, stand and exercise on all throughout the day. At the same time, your feet might have some issues like calluses and corns, bunions, and hammer, claw, and mallet toes. Those with these foot and toe problems might notice that their conditions get worse and that doing all these activities becomes more difficult.
Importance Of The Right Footwear
When you have the right shoes for your feet, you will feel more comfortable especially after a whole day. But beyond that, it is also important to prevent or manage any foot problems. If you have a deformity or a problem with your joint, it will relieve any pain you feel in your toes or feet. Moreover, the right shoes will even prevent it from getting worse.
If you also have recently had corrective surgery, wearing the right shoes will prevent the problems from reoccurring. Specifically, if you have any foot problems, you should talk to a foot doctor about recommendations on the appropriate shoes.
Finding The Right Shoes
Most people have no problems with their feet so finding a shoe that causes almost none or very little pain and still allows them to walk the whole day. There are also sandals or athletic shoes that will not rub against any bunion, corn or callus. Another option is to have someone make some adjustments with the shoes so that they are more comfortable.
The best thing to do is to consult with a foot doctor to know what your feet need. Otherwise, if you do not have any specific issues with your feet, just follow some recommendations on shoe shopping.
First of all, trying out shoes is done best at the end of the day, because feet are biggest at this time due to their normal swelling. You should also have your feet measured after a few years because your shoe size, especially the width, changes as you age. It is also possible that the two feet are not the same size, so having them both measured is key to finding which foot is bigger. Choose shoes that will fit your larger foot feels.
When trying out shoes, bring any orthotics or shoe inserts you have in order to test them. You should also stand up and walk around to try out the fit of the shoes perfectly.
Shoe sizes may also deceive especially across various shoe brands. This is why you choose a shoe based on how it feels and fits, despite what the shoe size says. You may also ask the clerk to stretch the shoe if it is too snug. However, the theory of “breaking in” shoes is not necessary. Shoes that fit properly will not need to be broken in.
In general, look for shoes that have a low heel. High heeled, pointed toe and narrow shoes are not optimized for your feet, putting pressure on the toe’s joints and the front of the foot. If you have to wear high heels, bring extra shoes to change into as soon as you are done.
For optimized comfort, a wide and deep toe box is the best choice. You should have about 1.3 cm, or half an inch, of space between the end of the shoe and the longest toe. Beyond that, the shoe should also allow the balls of your feet to snugly fit into the shoe’s widest part.
The sole should not hurt so that the toes are able to bend while you are walking. The back should also be soft but also rigid so your feet will not slip out. If it has laces, zipper or Velcro, then the feet do not slip out easily.
When it comes to buying shoes for workout activities, choose a footwear which is sport-specific. This means, opt for the right running shoes, tennis shoes, boxing shoes, golf shoes and other sport types. The right-padded rubber shoes will keep you comfortable all throughout your fitness activities.
Lastly, you should buy shoes that can breathe in case your feet sweat. This means avoid buying any shoes made of plastic or vinyl.
When you are at home, let your feet relax by going barefoot or wear soft sandals or slippers. If you have diabetes or any peripheral arterial disease that reduces the feeling in the feet, avoid going barefoot because you might not notice any injuries that can get infected.
Choosing the right shoes is about protecting your feet from developing any problems, which is why comfort is a more important consideration than fashion or design. By following these recommendations, you can make the right choices and end up with the perfect pair of shoes.