August is Back to School Shoe Shopping

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What an exciting time it is going back to school and mostly, back to school shopping. Here are some pointers on what to look for when buying new shoes:

1. Not all shoe sizes are the same! For example, a size 8 from one company may fit differently from another. Make sure the length of the shoe fits the longest part of your foot. For some, it may correlate with the big toe and some others the second toe will be longer. Make sure there is room for every toe and wide enough to prevent blisters.

2. Cheap shoes may cost you in the long run. While it may be tempting to go for the budget friendly shoes, sometimes these are constructed very cheaply and can cause unnecessary foot pain. Make sure the shoe has some cushion inside and does not easily fold in half. Cheaper shoes may not last as long as higher quality shoes. The investment is worth it.

3. Consider orthotics or shoe inserts. If you are suffering from foot pain, orthotics may help provide better support and reduce the pressure on your feet. Keep in mind, some orthotics will not fit all types of shoes and vice versa.

Learn more by visiting your local foot and ankle specialist who may be able to recommend custom orthotics in qualified patients.