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A Guide to Measuring Shoe Size at Home

Measuring shoe size accurately at home ensures a comfortable and well-fitting footwear choice. Begin by gathering a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, a ruler or tape measure, and the pair of socks you intend to wear with the shoes. Place the paper flat on the floor against a wall and stand on it with your heel against the wall. With the pen or pencil held perpendicular to the paper, trace the outline of your foot. Use the ruler or tape measure to measure the longest distance from the heel to the tip of your longest toe. Repeat this process for the other foot as sizes may differ slightly. Compare the measurements to a shoe size chart available online or from shoe retailers to determine your correct size. Foot size may change over time, so it is advisable to measure periodically, especially before making new shoe purchases. If you have developed foot conditions from wearing shoes that do not fit well, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options, in addition to providing additional information about how to obtain the right shoe size.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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