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Which Shoes to Choose

Poorly fitting shoes can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, and other disabling foot problems. Some serious foot disorders, and even more common conditions, can be linked to one avoidable thing: inappropriate, poor quality or ill-fitting shoes. The New York Licensed Podiatrists at Foot Care of New York can recommend  good quality, properly fitting shoes–for all occasions.  Wearing the proper shoes is essential for preventing foot problems and pays big dividends for your feet down the road.

Your shoes should be comfortable for your everyday activity. Dr. Mike Thaker, and Dr. Vito La Puma, of Foot Care of New York would like to offer the following advice for shoe selection:

How should my shoes fit?

  • There should be a half-inch of space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe. 
  • When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes. 
  • Women should not wear a shoe with a heel higher than 2 1/4 inches.

What should I look for when buying new shoes?

  • Try on both shoes when shopping for new shoes. Believe it or not, most people have one foot that is larger than the other.
  • Be sure the shoe fits comfortably on both feet and is comfortable at the toe and heel. 
  • Try on new shoes at the end of the day, as feet normally swell and become larger after standing or sitting during the day. 
  • If the shoes feel too tight, don't buy them. There is no such thing as a "break-in period."
  • 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, such as glove leathers.

Foot Care

Don't neglect your feet when embarking on a walking regimen:

  • Wear thick, absorbent socks (acrylic is preferable to cotton)
  • Dry feet well after bathing, paying special attention to the toes
  • Use powder before putting on socks and shoes. 
  • Nails should be cut regularly, straight across the toe.
  • Avoid self-treatment of corns and calluses with over-the-counter remedies before starting to walk.

Call (212)-661-3300 or request an appointment online to arrange a visit at one of our two Foot Care of New York locations in New York City — Manhattan offices centrally located in the Theater District and the Garment District.

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