Keeping your feet healthy and happy throughout the year should be on everyone’s resolution list, and one of the best ways to do that is by selecting properly fitted shoes that give your feet the right support and cushioning. All of the components of your shoes, from materials, to arch support and soles are essential for maintaining foot comfort and health during work, athletic, and leisure activities.

Three important tips to keep in mind when selecting new shoes include the following:

  • Size matters—It’s very important to have both feet measured each time you shop for shoes since your feet change over time and tend to flatten out as you get older. Excess weight and pregnancy can increase the stress on the soles of the feet requiring a wider shoe for increased comfort and support and to provide room for correctional orthotic inserts. A deep heel cup will also cradle your heel bone and provide a firm foundation to support the rest of your body.
  • Proper arch support—Many foot problems are caused by improperly supported arches that can cause the foot to drop or roll, possibly causing plantar fasciitis and creating gait abnormalities that radiate right up the spine and induce problems with the knees, hips, and back.
  • Choose breathable fibers—Shoes should be made of breathable materials including suede, canvas, leather, and Gore-Tex or similar material. Air circulation is very important for moisture wicking and to reduce the chances of rashes, blisters, and fungal infections. Shoes need to be flexible while also providing side support.

If you need help choosing the right shoes and orthotic inserts, your foot doctor can help. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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