When you walk into a shoe store, the choices can be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. Many people do not realize that athletic shoes come in many different types depending on what kind of exercise you intend to do. Not all shoes are created equal, and properly fitting shoes can make a significant difference, so follow these tips to find the most appropriate footwear.

  1. Know what type of activity you will be doing whether it’s running, walking, a sport, or aerobics. All of these have different shoe structures and flexibility, so have a pair for each type of sport or activity.
  2. Going to a specialty store with staff members who are more knowledgeable about different shoe types can be helpful in narrowing your choices.
  3. Go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are usually more swollen.
  4. Figure out your foot type to determine what type of cushioning and support is appropriate. Wetting your feet and leaving footprints on a flat surface can tell you if you have flat feet, high arches, or neutral arches.
  5. Ensure a proper fit by trying on both feet and making sure the heel is snug and that the toe box does not restrict toe movement. Shoes should feel comfortable right away.
  6. The space between the front of the toe box and your longest toe should be about a thumb’s width.

Wearing the right shoes can help prevent and treat injuries like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and bunions. In order to ensure these types of conditions don’t worsen, it is best to consult with a podiatrist who can help determine your specific foot type and needs. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal and his dedicated staff treat patients with all types of podiatric conditions like heel pain, nail fungus, hammertoes and diabetic foot problems, Dr. Samofal is equipped with advanced technology and experience to diagnose and treat your issues. Please contact our office located in Wayne, NJ at (973) 925-4111 to schedule an appointment!