Get a professional to measure your feet and fit your shoes for greater comfort

MEASURE UP: A qualified shoe fitter will help you make the right decision about style, size and fit when buying a new pair of shoes. Photo: Shutterstock
MEASURE UP: A qualified shoe fitter will help you make the right decision about style, size and fit when buying a new pair of shoes. Photo: Shutterstock

One of the first things you should do when visiting a shoe store is to get your feet measured. Over time, the shape and size of our feet changes, and we are often in the habit of simply asking for a size we thought we used to wear a few years ago.

Although the feet stop growing in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature.

There are numerous ailments that may result from poorly fitting shoes, including the formation of blisters and corns from wearing shoes that may be too tight.

You may also possibly experience pain in the arches from choosing shoes that are too big.

Correct fitting shoes can prevent injuries and foot problems.

After lockdowns and isolation, exercising in old shoes or buying shoes online that potentially were the wrong fit could have caused more problems than we realise. It may be time to head to the closest shoe store and ask for a fitting. This can be done by using a measuring device designed specifically for determining the correct shoe size.

If you have a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe often referred to as a bunion, one foot may need a larger size shoe to accommodate this condition.

Research has suggested the best time of day to have shoes fitted is when our feet are their largest, later in the day, when they are slightly swollen.

Our feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects our biomechanics and our posture. We have 33 joints, 26 bones, and more than 100 ligaments in our bodies, so the potential for serious injury is much greater than we realise.

A few things to consider when going for a shoe fitting:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly when you put them on. They won't "feel better" when you walk in them for a few months
  • Most shoe fitters are trained to help you and should check your toes are in the right position in the shoe
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoe
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes are a comfortable fit during normal activity
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