Make Sure You're Wearing the Right Shoes

Dr. Marissa GirolamaDr. Marissa's Foot Notes

It's safe to say that spring has officially sprung! After a brutally harsh winter, it's great to see everyone out enjoying the warm weather. Finally, we can put away the warm, bulky winter boots and trade them for a pair of walking/running shoes. What amazes me is what some people put on their feet and wonder why their feet hurt!!

As in any sport or activity, we need the proper equipment to gain the best performance. So the one piece of equipment needed for a walk or run is a good pair of shoes. Invest in what you're putting on your feet.

Always measure both the length AND width your foot. With a poorly fitting shoe, you won't get the full advantage of its design.

Don't be fooled by the "bells and whistles"! Just because a star athlete lends their name to a shoes doesn't make it better than another shoe. You don't need to spend a fortune to get a good shoe. Most of the top manufacturers put more money into research and development, so any of their models will be a good choice.

Know your foot type. Different foot types require specific shoe models. Basically, there are three foot types: 1. Flat feet/low arch/pronated foot type 2. High arch/supinated foot type. 3. Average/natural foot type. Every shoe manufacturer has designs for each foot type. If you have a high arch and you are wearing a shoe for a flat foot you'll develop trouble, and vice versa.

A simple way of knowing your foot type is to step down with a wet foot. What do you see? An outline of the entire bottom surface, your foot is flat. Two distinct circles with nothing connecting in between, it's a high arch. Two circles with some connection along the outside edge, it's average.

Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles or once a year whichever comes first!

Most important, gain a relationship with a reputable shoe store. They'll help you find the right shoe for your needs which will help prevent unnecessary injury or pain.

Put your best foot forward:

Dr. Girolamo

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