Today we celebrate National Measure Your Feet Day, and if that sounds to you like a silly excuse for a celebration, I invite you to consider the following facts: up to 80% of men wear the wrong shoe size, and 90% of American women report owning at least one pair of shoes that fits poorly (that they still slip into quite frequently.)
Wearing supportive, properly fitted shoes can help you avoid these painful foot problems. So, how can you ensure a proper foot measurement and shoe fitting?
Using a Brannock device—the silver contraption found in most shoe stores—will give you the fullest picture, since it measures the length and width of your foot as well as the length from the heel to the ball as well. That second measurement is crucial, because it determines where shoes bend and flex as you walk.
If you want to replicate this type of measurement at home, here's what you have to do:
Using a shoe you already own, find the widest part of your foot and note if it is filling out the widest part of your foot, or if it’s closer to the arch of your shoe. If the widest part of your foot doesn’t line up with the widest part of your shoe, you'll need to wear a smaller shoe size with a larger width.
Your feet are too important to get crammed into ill-fitting shoes, so, in honor of National Measure Your Feet Day, I invite all my patients to make sure they are wearing the right size foot wear…and, if ill-fitting shoes have left you walking with pain, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Schneider right away!