At Paul Klein, DPM FACFAS, we always tell patients that one of the most important factors in the health of your feet is your shoes. But just what makes a “good” shoe? Check the criteria below and see how your shoes measure up:
- Shoes should be made of soft, breathable material that allows the foot to flex and move comfortably without strain.
- Sturdy, high quality construction is essential. There should be no loose stitching inside the shoe or bumpy seams which could cause friction against the skin.
- Fit trumps fashion! Have your foot professionally measured and be sure the shoes you buy are comfortable from the moment you leave the store. “Breaking in” periods are a myth and can damage your feet.
- Look for soles that are thick enough to provide a decent amount of shock absorption as you walk. A good tread is also essential to help avoid slips and spills. Avoid soles that come up over the front of the toe box, however, as these are a tripping hazard.
- Ladies, keep heel height to two inches or less. The higher the heel, the more pressure is put on your toes and forefeet. Be sure the heel counter (the material that surrounds your heel) is rigid on the outside but comfortably padded on the inside.
- Avoid shoes with narrow or pointy toe boxes. Spending an excessive amount of time in a cramped space invites ingrown toenails and deformities such as hammertoes and bunions.
- Choose lace up shoes over slip ons or Velcro for the best fit.
- Make sure shoes have good ankle and arch support to help prevent ankle sprains and conditions like plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
If your shoes pass the test but you still find that you are experiencing foot pain, contact our Wayne office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling 973-595-1555. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul G. Klein, will give your feet and ankles a complete examination and track down the source of the pain and then prescribe the correct treatment.