When you wear a shoe that fits your foot properly, not tight and not loose, it provides a good platform for your foot to support your body, given that it is a good shoe to begin with. As we all know, if you wear a shoe that is too tight it will hurt your feet and lead to foot ailments, such as blisters, bunions and calluses. But wearing a shoe that is too big will cause us to walk in an unnatural and dysfunctional way. This can lead to serious foot problems.
When buying new shoes, one should buy shoes that fit comfortably. Also, do not assume that a size in one brand equates to the same size in another. When you buy new shoes measure your foot’s length and width with a Brannock Device. A Brannock Device is the standard foot measuring tool used by footwear designers and manufacturers. Use these measurements to find a proper fitting shoe and always try on and walk around wearing the shoe.
When you wear shoes that are too big it will alter the way you walk. They will cause your heel to repeatedly slip out of the shoe with every step. To stop this from happening you contract your toes with every step to hold the shoe onto your foot. The repetitive contracture of the toes is counterproductive and actually further contributes to the formation of bunions and hammertoes. Shoes should support your feet. It shouldn’t be the other way around. Your feet shouldn’t have to support your shoes. Wearing shoes that don’t feel right can lead to other painful medical conditions, such as arch pain, neuromas, and Achilles tendonitis.
The way you walk in shoes that don’t fit properly will not only affect your feet, but will also affect other parts of your body, like your knees, back, and neck.
We offer walk-in professional shoe fittings and a wide range of APEX shoes or Biotime Footwear in our office!
CEO, Pod. N, RPN
Advanced Foot Care Nurse
and Wellness Centre Inc.