By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care
At this point of the year, you might be concerned with snow and when this weather will change. However, during snowy weather or warm weather, you need to watch what shoes you wear. The shoes that you choose to wear can directly reflect in the health of your feet. From heel pain to bunions, Reston, Ashburn, Fairfax and McLean residents can experience painful conditions if they don’t choose the right shoes for their feet. As podiatrists serving Reston and surrounding areas, we are available to help you choose the best shoe for your feet and your activity.
Women: What Shoes Should You Wear?
Are you wearing the best shoes for your feet? Do you ever end the day in immense pain and discomfort? If you do, that might be the biggest sign that you are not wearing the right shoe for your feet or activity. Women tend to inflict more punishment and pressure on their feet than anyone else. Improper footwear worn by many women can bring about unnecessary foot problems that could have easily been avoided. And many of those foot problems are brought on as a result of wearing high heels.
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing what shoe to wear. By wearing the right shoe for your specific activity, it will protect your feet from harm. Our Reston area podiatrists recommend that women should wear shoes that:
- Have ties
- Have a vibram type composite sole
- Have a relatively wider heel
Men: What is Your Go-To Footwear?
The best shoes for men are an oxford style shoe, which are ordinarily associated with wing-tip or cap toe designs. Slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots are also suitable shoes for men to wear. As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are different than those women should be wearing. As with women, men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure and special activities. When buying shoes it is important to:
- Have your feet measured while standing
- Always try on both shoes while walking around
- Buy for the bigger foot
- Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period
- Select a shoe with a leather upper, stiff heel county, appropriate cushioning and flexibility
- Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes
Our Reston area foot doctors are specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions. By buying appropriate shoes you can further protect your feet from harm. Your feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well-maintained is important for vitality and life.