How to Shop for Your Special Feet


Every foot is one-of-a-kind and one-of-a-kind. When it comes to shoes, it’s critical to pick a pair that fits properly. When your shoes are too tight or ill-fitting, it can cause long-term pain in your feet.


The many foot shape kinds will be discussed in this essay, as well as what they can tell you about potential foot concerns. We’ll also go over what you need to know about finding a shoe that fits your foot properly and provides support and comfort.


The Different Shapes of Feet

We all have varied foot shapes, just as we all have different blood types that disclose information about our health. Podiatrists can tell patients about potential hazards and foot disorders by looking at certain foot forms. There are six distinct foot shapes to choose from.


1. The Foot of the Peasant


The Peasant Foot, also known as the Giselle Foot, is distinguished by three short, nearly equal-length toes. The foot takes on a square aspect as a result of this. The peasant foot is a strong, stable, and balanced foot.


2. Egyptian Foot


With a longer big toe and smaller toes tapering from longest to shortest, the Egyptian foot is thin. The Egyptian foot is the most practical and prevalent foot form, with around 70% of the population having this type of foot. The name derives from ancient Egyptian art depicting feet.


3. Morton’s Foot/Greek Foot


The Greek Foot, also known as Morton’s Foot, was first identified in the early twentieth century by orthopedic physician Dudley J. Morton (1884–1960). The largest toe is separated from the second toe by a gap, and the second toe is usually longer than the other toes.


The name is derived from the feet depicted in ancient Greek statuary, who believed that that particular foot shape reflected ideal beauty. Plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, metatarsal stress fractures, and Morton’s Neuroma are among the musculoskeletal disorders that are more likely to develop in people with this foot shape.


4. The Slmian Foot is number four on the list.


The big toe leans in towards the small toe in this foot form. This foot can be stable, but it is prone to bunions, thus people with this foot should avoid wearing narrow or pointed-toe shoes. Wearing high heels in this foot form can be unpleasant and difficult.


5. Rothbart’s Foot,


Rothbarts Foot was discovered in 1988 by Dr. Brian A. Rothbart. When you place your foot on the floor in a neutral posture, your big toe and second toe do not lie flat on the ground, which is an unstable, aberrant foot structure present at birth. It can cause poor posture as well as persistent joint and muscular pain, necessitating the services of a podiatrist.


6. Arches


When you walk or run, your feet have three arches that work together to help your foot absorb shock and adapt to the terrain. As you move, the arch supports your foot, which in turn supports your entire body.


Because your foot cannot absorb shock as well as it should, you will misuse other joints and muscles to compensate. If you have high arches or flat arches, you may experience more strain on your other joints and muscles.


Custom orthotics and arch support shoes can aid people with high or low arches by providing cushioning and support.


How To Determine Your Shoe Size Based On Your Foot Shape

Now that you’ve learned about the various foot shapes, you may utilize this knowledge to determine the proper shoe size for your specific foot shape. Because they are not wearing shoes that are the correct size, many people suffer from foot pain and uncomfortable shoes.


Here are some pointers to assist you figure out your shoe size.


Take a measurement of your feet

Many people are unaware that their feet can alter size as they age or due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.


To measure your feet, stand on a piece of blank paper and trace around the perimeter. Bring this tracing with you to the shoe store when you go shoe shopping. Use the drawings to size the shoes by placing them on the floor. The shoes are not the proper size for your foot form if they are thinner or shorter than the paper.


Purchase Shoes to Fit Your Larger Foot

Many people have feet that are two different sizes, so make sure to buy shoes that fit the larger foot, or you’ll end up with one foot that is constantly pinching. Make sure both shoes are comfy for both of your feet by trying them on.


At the end of the day, try on some shoes.

Depending on how often you’re on your feet throughout the day, your feet will enlarge. If you go shoe shopping in the morning, you can end up with a pair that is too tight for you in the afternoon. To get a more accurate shoe size, go shopping later in the day.


When choosing a size, consider both the width and length of your feet.

Many shoe brands offer wide and narrow sizes, so consider your foot width as well as length. Some shoes are too narrow for a wide foot, while others are too wide for a narrow foot.


Always keep in mind that the shoe should suit your foot, not the other way around. You should have 12 inches of room between the front of your shoe and your longest toe for a proper fit.


Every foot is unique. If you’re having problems with your feet, a podiatrist can recommend orthotics and foot support shoes.


IDEASTEP Orthotics offers a variety of fashionable and comfortable shoes that work in tandem with our custom orthotics to provide the support and alignment you require.


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