Our feet are among the most neglected parts of our bodies. We cram them in shoes with shapes that seem alien, then stand on them for hours on end.
And just about any foot condition can be made worse by poorly fitted shoes. When shoe shopping, here are some helpful hints from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons:
* Purchase shoes at the end of the day (when your feet are larger) to be sure they won’t be too tight.
* If you can’t wiggle your toes, the shoes are too small. Narrow or pointed-toed shoes have the least amount of room and can aggravate conditions such as bunions and hammertoes.
* Measure both feet. One usually is larger, and the shoe should fit comfortably on that foot.
* Try on shoes with socks, hose or any special insert you normally wear.
* Walk around the store in the shoes before purchasing. They should feel comfortable. Do not expect shoes to stretch to fit your foot.
* Shoes should have good arch support. Those that bend in the mid-sole area can lead to arch pain.