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A Guide to Measuring Shoe Size at Home

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Measuring shoe size accurately at home ensures a comfortable and well-fitting footwear choice. Begin by gathering a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, a ruler or tape measure, and the pair of socks you intend to wear with the shoes. Place the paper flat on the floor against a wall and stand on it with your heel against the wall. With the pen or pencil held perpendicular to the paper, trace the outline of your foot. Use the ruler or tape measure to measure the longest distance from the heel to the tip of your longest toe. Repeat this process for the other foot as sizes may differ slightly. Compare the measurements to a shoe size chart available online or from shoe retailers to determine your correct size. Foot size may change over time, so it is advisable to measure periodically, especially before making new shoe purchases. If you have developed foot conditions from wearing shoes that do not fit well, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options, in addition to providing additional information about how to obtain the right shoe size.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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