Neuropathy is a debilitating and often permanent ailment. Foot deformities are another side effect of wearing the wrong shoe size. Hammertoes, corns, and calluses may occur as a result of wearing the wrong shoe size. Ultimately, failure to wear the correct shoe size may cause falls and reduced mobility.
Choosing the right shoe size
Shoes have multiple distinct features. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet and make it easier for us to play sports safely. To prevent infections and deformities such as bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more, ensure that you are always wearing the right shoe size.
It's important to remember that while a particular pair of shoes may be a perfect fit for someone else, that doesn't guarantee they're going to be an excellent fit for you.
Therefore, before buying them, you should still put on shoes to ensure that they are the right size for you. Ideally, every six months to one year of regular use, your shoes need to be replaced.
Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting
- Choose a shoe shaped like your foot
- Don't purchase shoes that are tight and expect them to stretch to fit
- Ensure there is enough room (3/8' to 1⁄2") at the end of each foot for the longest toe as you stand up
- Walk in your shoes to ensure they feel right and fit
- Do not choose shoes by the size specified in the shoe, but how your foot fits in the shoe