The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Treat Foot Pain with a Shopping Trip

Posted by on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012


Did you know that a leading cause of foot pain is shoes that don’t fit? If you’ve got a favorite pair of sneakers, pumps, or loafers you keep wearing, even though they don’t treat your feet right, you’re not alone. In a recent survey, 8 out of 10 Americans with foot pain said their discomfort was caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, according the American Podiatric Association.

In the survey of 1,082 men and women with foot pain, 80 percent said their feet hurt because of wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. And here’s the painful truth. Improperly-fitting shoes can cause bunions, corns, calluses, and other foot problems that can lead to bigger ailments down the road.

On your next visit to the podiatrist, don’t be upset if the doctor takes a look at your shoes and tells you to throw them in the garbage. That’s just the excuse you need to go shopping for a new pair of shoes.

Here’s what you need to know to pick the perfect pair:

  • Get your feet measured for length and width. Choose the size that fits your bigger foot. Swelling can enlarge your feet during the day, so measured your feet after work or in the evening. Your feet size can change as you grow older, so have your feet measured at least a few times a year.
  • Keep in mind that shoes vary in size by style and brand. Don’t choose shoes based only on the size marked on the box or in the shoe.
  • Make sure your toes have some space in the toebox to move around.
  • Check to make sure your heel fits in the shoe comfortably without sliding around, or feeling too tight.
  • Walk around in the shoes to make sure you and your foot agree with the look, fit and feel.
  • Wear the socks you would normally wear when you go shopping for new shoes.
  • For men: If you stand for longer periods of time, choose shoes with softer, pliable soles to protect your feet and keep them comfortable.
  • For women: Choose low-heeled shoes with a wide toe box. If you must wear high heels, limit wearing them for an evening out or special event, instead of all the time.
  • Don’t buy the shoes if they feel too tight, or too big, no matter how good the sale.
  • For advice on choosing a shoe best suited for your foot, contact us at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet.

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.