If you have foot or leg pain, it’s vitally important that you understand how to choose good-fitting shoes. Here’s a little help, courtesy of Bramalea Chiropractic Walk In and Physiotherapy Clinic in Brampton.
First, consider the use of the shoe. Is it for running? Walking? High heels for the office? (Remember, the higher the heel; the greater the pressure on the front part of the foot.)
When Buying Shoes:
  • Shop at the end of the day when your feet measure their largest.
  • Try on shoes with the socks you will be wearing when running, for instance. Don’t forget to bring your orthotics, if you have them.
  • Have your feet measured as you stand. Buy your shoes based on the larger of your feet.
  • Check the toe box. Can your toes wiggle? Is there a half inch between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe?
  • Try on different brands; walking around in each pair on a hard surface.
  • Insist on lightweight, breathable materials.
  • Use your hand to feel inside the shoes for seams or irregularities that might irritate your foot.
  • Buy shoes that lace for better foot stability, especially if you have orthotics.
  • Be sure your heel doesn’t slip out of the shoe.
  • Think about purchasing 2 pairs to rotate in order to give each pair time to breathe.
  • Buy new running / jogging shoes every 400 miles or every 6 months.
  • Be careful not to buy shoes that have seams over painful spots like bunions.
  • Avoid shoes with rubber soles that curl over the top of the toe box, which can cause falling.
  • For the healthiest shoes, look for a heel height of an inch or less.
  • If you’re a high-heel-lover, avoid anything higher than 2 inches. Wear heels only 3 hours at a time and take them off coming or going to work.
  • Buy skid-resistant, shock-absorbing soles made of rubber, rather than leather.
  • Look for shoes made from a soft, non-rigid material.