Getting New Shoes to Fit Right Require Break-In Period
By Dr. Bruce Theall
October 09, 2012
Category: Shoes

Many people are accustomed to breaking in new shoes after purchasing them.  Differences in foot structure between men and women affect the amount of time it takes for a person to break in shoes.  Designers are starting to create footwear that is easier to break in by changing the materials used in different parts of the shoe, such as the forefront, to make them more malleable.

Getting the proper fit does not only make it more comfortable to wear your shoes, but it also helps prevent foot injuries, ankle injuries, and foot conditions such as bunions from developing. When these foot problems do arise though, it is important to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall can diagnose any foot conditions you might be suffering from and provide the appropriate treatment options that work for you.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating because you then have to deal with shipping and handling and re-ordering a new size or possibly getting a refund.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.

If you have any questions, please visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.