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Footwear tips

footwear tips
Footwear has evolved a great deal from it original format and purpose of protecting ones feet. While most footwear these days are worn as a fashion statement, the reality is that most foot conditions and problems arise due to improper and badly constructed footwear. The other problem huge problem is that a lot of people walk around on hard flat surface barefoot and this can cause irreparable damage. Understanding the best footwear for your feet is important, and avoiding any form of footwear that causes your feet to pain is a good starting point. Always ensure you buy shoes that are wider than your feet. Trying to squeeze your feet into pointy shoes can result in many foot problems. While shopping for shoes, try and make your purchase in the afternoon or evening, as you feet tend to swell when you have been walking around for a few hours. If you buys a shoe when your feet are “cold”, when they warm up your shoes will feel tight. Also avoid buying shoes that are too big, especially for children, although it may be necessary anything more than a “thumb” width at the front not recommended. High heels and flats for short periods may be acceptable - however if you know you are going to be on your feet for a while wear a shoe with a small heel, this goes for both men and women.

Shoes which can be adjusted with laces or straps are much better than non-adjustable one’s, this would mean you can undo the laces or straps and redo them to a comfortable fit when you feel them getting tight during the course of the day.

Wide toe box in the fore-foot which allow you toes to wriggle will save your toes from being crushed in tight fitting pointy footwear.

Ensure that the back of the shoe ( heel counter ) is firm, this is the point of contact for your feet and need to support the foot.

Have your feet check to understand if you would need to have an insole in your shoes, good support in you footwear provide for improved overall improvement is body posture.
• The size of your feet changes as you grow older so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
• Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.
• Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.
• Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.
• During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.
• Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
• Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.
• Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping - the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.
• Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Then take them home and spend some time walking on carpet to make sure the fit is a good one.
• The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot. Shoes made of leather can reduce the possibility of skin irritations. Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces. Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.
• With age the feet get fatter and longer, the feet and ankles become stiffer, and the arches tend to flatten.
• Running shoes should be retired after 400-600 miles since the midsole begins to break down
• Do not wear shoes with a heel higher than 2 ¼ inches. Heels higher than this height put pressure on the ankles and balls of the feet and, over time, cause injuries, such as bunions and calluses.
• Walk around in the shoe and be sure they feel comfortable. Make sure there are no pressure points from seams.
• Wash the sock-liner or insole separately if you’re able to remove them. This will help make the inside of your shoe freshener. Laces can be washed or just replaced.