Foot and Ankle Specialists Offer Advice on Choosing the Right Shoes


The IDEASTEP Foot & Ankle Team Shares Footwear Fitting Tips



East Syracuse, New York is a city in the state of New York. This April, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists is observing National Foot Health Awareness Month. Members of the organization’s complete foot and ankle team are taking advantage of the opportunity to educate the public on the importance of healthy feet and to offer ideas and recommendations for foot health, including how to pick the right shoes.


Pedorthist Karl Kang is part of the IDEASTEP Foot & Ankle team, and he can assist patients with orthotics and suitable footwear. Pedorthics is the management and treatment of foot, ankle, and lower extremity disorders that necessitate the fitting, fabrication, and adjustment of pedorthic devices. Pedorthics is a branch of medicine that uses footwear to alleviate and treat foot ailments.


Karl Kang, C.Ped., says, “Having good footwear is vitally important for everyone, especially those suffering from diseases or injuries connected to their feet or ankles.” “Not only can well-fitting shoes help manage foot discomfort, but they can also help avoid damage and pain to the foot and ankle. And, let’s face it, being in uncomfortable shoes isn’t fun.”


The following are some things to keep in mind when buying at the Pedorthic Footcare Association, according to Karl:


Shoe sizes, as well as shoe brands and designs, are not standard. Don’t buy shoes based on the size on the label; instead, start with a size range and work your way up.

Every time you buy a pair of shoes, have both feet measured. The size and shape of one’s feet will alter over the course of a lifetime.

Choose shoes that are shaped like your foot.

When shopping for shoes, try on a variety of styles and types. Shoes should be judged by how well they fit your feet. Any style that feels excessively tight, too loose, or irritates portions of your foot should be avoided. Your feet may hurt later if the shoes are either tight or too loose when you try them on.

Shoes should be as wide and as long as your feet. When walking or running, feet lengthen when they make contact with the earth.

Make sure your foot’s widest part (the “ball”) fits comfortably into the shoe’s widest part. This combination allows shoes to bend where your feet flex, making them more functional and comfortable to wear.

Heels should be able to move freely in the shoes. To avoid heel slippage, don’t buy shoes that are too small. Try a different shoe if your foot experiences excessive slippage in the heel.

The way a shoe fits is affected by inserts or orthotics. Shoe inserts or foot orthotics will take up room in your shoes that should be reserved for your feet. You’ll need a roomier shoe if you need inserts or orthotics; otherwise, the inserts won’t work properly and your shoes won’t fit properly.

Choose shoes that are suited for the activity and the time you will be doing it. Throughout the day and in various settings, the shape and size of one’s feet changes.

To ensure that the shoes are comfy, walk about in them.

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