Avoid shoes that have seams over areas of pain, such as a bunion. Avoid shoes with heavy rubber soles that curl over the top of the toe area (such as seen on some running shoes), as they can catch on carpets and cause an accidental fall.
Flat shoes (with a heel height of one inch or less) are the healthiest shoes for your feet. If you must wear a high heel, keep to a heel height of two inches or less, limit them to three hours at a time and take them off coming to and from an activity.
Laced, rather than slip-on shoes, provide a more secure fit and can accommodate insoles, orthotic devices and braces. Look for soles that are shock absorbing and skid resistant, such as rubber rather than smooth leather. The shoe should be made of a soft material that has some give, like glove leathers.
Wear Patterns In Your Shoes
Bringing in old shoes when you`re buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.
What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:
A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe: A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.
Outer sole wear: You turn out. Orthotics may help.
Toe shaped ridges on the upper: Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.
Wear on the ball of the foot: Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.
Wear on the inner sole: You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.
Wear on the upper, above the toes: The front of your shoe is too low.
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