Over the course of this coming winter season, the elements are likely going to take a toll on your poor, unsuspecting shoes. As a pair of shoes is worn daily, used heavily, and exposed to things like rain, sweat, and dirt, their once vibrant and supportive structures can become dull and soft. Before you know it, you’ll be in the market again for a new pair of shoes come spring! If you want to hold onto a pair of shoes longer and get the most out of them, the best thing you can do is find a pair of high-quality, properly-fitted shoes.
Our team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA has compiled the top 3 tips to use when looking for the right fit for your new pair of shoes:
Get to know the needs of your feet. Do you tend to sweat a lot? Are you on or off your feet most of the day? What about any other persistent foot issues? First and foremost, you’ll want to address those foot problems with a podiatrist. Secondly, keep any of these issues or concerns in mind when choosing new shoes. For example, if you have weak ankles from spraining them numerous times, you’ll want to prioritize shoes with highly stable, firm soles.
When you wear these shoes, are you more likely to be outside or inside? Will you be running, sitting, or standing? Recognizing when and where you’ll be using these shoes is important when it comes to finding the right fit. High impact activities like running or jogging need different modes of support then if you’re walking or sitting most often.
Research it out! Before you commit to a trip to the shoe store, be sure to look up what brands and styles your local store offers. Depending on your needs, tally up which brands seem to fit your lifestyle, and put them to the test when you’re in the store. This sounds like a huge time saver compared to ordering a pair online and wishing for the best, doesn’t it?
For those kinds of foot and ankle problems that even the comfiest pair of shoes can’t soothe, don’t hesitate to come visit us at our location in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Terry H. Clarke and Dr. Karen M. Leonard are here to help! Call us today at (717) 620-8225.