According to the poet Robert W Service, it isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.


Not only do ill-fitting large size shoes make you uncomfortable, but they can also cause foot pain or aggravate pre-existing conditions. If you've recently experienced foot pain from your shoes, it could be that your shoes don’t fit correctly. Several studies have found that only about a quarter of people are wearing shoes of the right length and width.


Shoes serve many functions. They protect our feet. They cushion our body weight. They allow us to play sports. Finding the proper shoes and making sure they fit are important for keeping your feet and your body happy.


Things to look out for when buying new shoes:


  • If you wear an arch support or an orthotic device, look for shoes with a removable insole.

  • If you have a bunion, check that the upper of the shoe is not too tight over this area. An all leather upper is preferable as it will gently stretch.

  • Buy shoes with cushioning soles to absorb the impact on your joints.

  • Make sure that you have wiggle room! You should not be touching the end of the shoe with your longest toe – and remember, this is not always your first toe, many people have longer second or third toes.

  • Correct footwear


    As we get older, our feet will change. Just like every other part of our body, they age and begin to show signs of wear.  Arches may lower, toes may claw, bunions can appear and also fatty pads become thinner. It is natural for your shoe size to change as you get older as your tendons relax and your feet naturally spread. Pay attention to signs and changes in your feet and adjust your footwear accordingly.

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