Properly fitting footwear can make a big difference when it comes to preventing common foot problems like corns, calluses and bunions. You may not even realize that the shoes you have on right now probably don’t fit correctly.

That’s because most people just don’t know what shoes that fit properly feel like!

If you have suffered from more than a few foot problems, or are noticing that the current issues you have are getting worse, a well-fitted pair of new shoes may just to the trick!

Relieve pain, and prevent common foot problems with these 5 tips for perfectly fitted footwear:

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1. Avoid Heels.

High-heeled shoes for women are a major cause of painful foot dysfunction. The higher the heel, the more likely that shoe is to press your toes into the pointed end – ouch! This can deform fragile toes as it quickly and easily damages the tiny bones and soft tissues of the feet. Avoid heels when you can, and aim to keep heels under 3 inches for women. For men, do not use a heeled running shoe unless advised by your podiatrist.

2. Ask for Assistance.

You may not realize it but your local footwear store probably carries a variety of styles of the shoes you like. Ask them directly for variations like wide or extra-wide. Oftentimes, the pair of shoes used in the showcase is the smallest, most compact version of the model. Ask the attendant if you should go wide. The additional space for the balls of your feet and your toes can make a BIG difference.

3. Let Them Breathe.

Many preventable foot problems stem from bacterial overgrowth. Consider a pair of well-ventilated shoes that allows your feet to sweat without pooling excess moisture that creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

4. Take a Walk.

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When you slip on a pair of shoes in the store, never assume that the new shoe is going to feel that way after a week of use. Every shoe material is different, and thus will wear differently however, no shoe will feel the same way as it does when you try it on. For this reason it is best to take a long walk around the shoe store, in order to get a more accurate feeling from the pair you have chosen. You may find that a larger size of the shoe would work best for you, plus an additional insole rather than the size you usually purchase.

5. Shop in the Evening.

At the end of the day is when you want to shop for footwear because you never know what the day will bring. Long days on your feet can cause swelling, or rubbing in places against your shoe, but you’d never know it unless you shopped at the end of the day. Trying on shoes then can let you know if swelling, or other trouble spots call for a specific size, or variation.

What Type of Shoe Should I Purchase?

Here is a brief guide to the right type of recommended footwear for you:

Foot Problem Recommended Footwear
Corns & Callouses Wide shoes, heel cushions, gel insoles and doughnut shaped pads
Ingrown Toenails Open toed shoes, sandals
Bunions Wide shoes, sandals, bunion splints, custom orthotics, foot slings
Heel Spurs Over-the-counter insoles, night splints, orthotics
Claw Toe Wide toe shoes, toe pads, splints, slings (not for diabetics)

A Final Note

When you are at home it’s best to kick off your shoes and relax tired feet. When you can, avoid closed-toe footwear and go barefoot. This way you can limit the amount of time your feet are inside shoes, and reduce the risk of foot problems associated with a poor fit.

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