• Perfect Fit: How to Find the Right Pair of Sneakers

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Sep 3rd, 2014

Whether you’re an avid walker, an enthusiastic runner, or even if you’re just a weekend warrior, having a proper-fitting sneaker can make all the difference in your sport of choice. Wearing the wrong shoes can not only decrease your enjoyment of the activity, but it can also lead to serious foot problems. So, how can you make sure your sneakers fit properly? Rely on these 6 tips to help you find the right shoe for your foot. 

Tip #1 – Do a ‘Wet Test’

Before going shopping, use this simple at-home test to find out what type of arches you have. Place the sole of your foot into a shallow container of water, then step onto a paper shopping bag or piece of cardboard to create a footprint. If you see almost the entire sole of your foot, you have low arches or flat feet. If you see only a portion of the heel and ball of your foot, with a thin connection between the two, you have high arches. You have a normal or neutral arch if you see about half of your sole with a deep curve on the inside of the footprint. When shopping, be sure to look for shoes that are specifically designed for the type of arches you have.

Tip #2 – Measure your foot often

You may think you know your shoe size, but feet can change over time, so it’s important to have your feet measured at least twice a year. Different shoe brands can also have variations in size, so don’t just rely on the size printed on the label – try them on!

Tip #3 – Shop toward the end of the day

Feet swell over the course of the day, and can swell after walking or standing for extended periods. To ensure a good fit, it’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.

Tip #4 – Use the rule of thumb

Shoes should fit snugly, not tight. Too-tight shoes can cause bruised toes and ingrown toenails, so be sure there’s enough room at the toe of the shoe. There should be a thumb’s amount of space (about ½ inch) between your toe and the tip of the shoe, and you should be able to move all of your toes freely inside.

Tip #5 – Bring your own socks

Bring along a pair of your own socks to wear while trying on shoes. If you wear orthotic inserts, bring those as well so you can test them out with your new sneakers.

Tip #6 – Don’t count on breaking them in

You want to make sure that your shoes will be comfortable to wear right out of the box. When you try on shoes at the store, walk or run around in them a little so you can get a feel for how the shoe will fit in real-life conditions.

With these simple tips, you’re ready to find that perfect pair of sneakers that won’t slow you down. If you’d like some expert advice on choosing the right shoes for your foot type and activity level, schedule a routine checkup with us.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-care/perfect-fit-find-right-pair-sneakers/

Author Dr. LaMour

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