Some men and women tend to think of shoes as only fashion accessories.
While it’s true that footwear can complement attire, it also serves
a more essential objective: to protect your feet. When shopping for shoes,
though, many people disregard this important aspect and instead purchase
footwear for its look rather than its purpose. As a result, they eventually
suffer from foot pain or injury that requires the help of a
podiatrist. To avoid the discomfort and danger of inferior footwear, keep the following
factors in mind when looking for your next pair of shoes.
Good fit is a key component of proper footwear. Shoes that provide either
too little or too much room can have a negative effect on the health of
your feet. Overly small shoes can cause crowding in the toe area and lead
to the development of
hammertoes and bunions. Footwear that is too large may also be a problem if the foot
slides inside it, which can cause instability and skin irritation.
When considering your footwear options, look for shoes that will support
your foot. The arch of the shoe, in particular, should provide adequate
support. Without this support, pressure from both body weight and rigid
walking surfaces can cause foot arches to drop. The design of a shoe may
also produce abnormal foot alignment issues. High heels are one example
of shoes with poor support, as they create an irregular positioning of the foot.
Even when your shoes are the right size and provide suitable support, they
may still lead to foot problems. If your shoes are made from delicate
materials that can easily tear or leave your feet vulnerable to the elements,
you can suffer from cuts, bruises, and other injuries. Before making a
shoe purchase, be sure to consider not only the size and support of potential
footwear, but also its sturdiness.
Are your shoes the source of your foot pain? Call (718) 878-4134 today to
set up a consultation at Family Foot Center in Whitestone. Dr. Stanley J. Zawada can examine
your feet and help you get to the root of your pain.