The Fitting Process
The greatest causes of foot problems are due to wearing faulty or ill-fitting shoes. Many foot care experts warn that poorly fitting shoes can lead to problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, and hammertoes. Therefore, proper fitting shoes should be the first step in taking care of your feet.
Unfortunately, as far as sizing is concerned there is no industry standard. If you’ve worn more than one brand of shoes you’ve probably noticed this phenomenon. This makes finding a good fitting shoe more difficult, but that’s where we can help.
Fit is a function of length, width, and shape. We are able to provide a superior fit to our customers because we take the time to measure each foot utilizing a Brannock device or I-Step Scanning Device. Since we stock a wide variety of shoes in multiple widths, our knowledgeable staff can assist you in obtaining the best fit. A shoe will not function properly if does not fit properly.
10 Points of Proper Shoe Fit – American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
- Have your feet measured. People’s foot size and shape can change over time. So don’t rely on the fact that you have always worn a certain size. That size likely is no longer the best fit for you.
- Most people have one foot that is larger than the other, so make sure you have BOTH feet measured. Fit your shoes to the larger foot.
- It is helpful to get measured at the end of the day when your feet are the largest. When you are up during the day, your feet will swell and settle some. You want to make sure you are comfortable throughout the day and not just when you head out of the house in the morning.
- Just like clothes, the size marked inside the shoe may be different depending on the brand. So your shoe size is a just a starting point in selecting the correct shoe.
- Make sure the shoe fits your foot comfortably. Look at the shape of the shoe; it should resemble the shape of your foot.
- Don’t plan on shoes stretching over time; they should fit well when you buy them. It’s like buying clothes that are too small and hoping that you will lose weight and then they will fit — that rarely happens.
- The ball of your foot (the widest part just before your toes begin) should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe.
- The shoe should also have enough depth to fit your toes, especially if you have hammertoes or other conditions. Shoes with too small of a toe box will cause rubbing and you will get calluses or sores.
- Stand up and make sure there is 3/8″ or 1/2″ (about the width of your finger) between your longest toe (usually the second toe) and the end of the shoe.
- Always stand and walk around in the shoes to see if they are comfortable, fit well, and don’t chafe or rub anywhere. Your heel should not slip or slide while walking.
Comfort = Fit + Function
When fitting shoes determining the best size is obviously important, but if the shoe does not function well it will not be comfortable. In order for a shoe to function properly it needs to be designed in accordance with a person’s specific foot type. Some people have “flat” or pronated feet and need a more stable or supportive shoe. Other people have “high” or rigid arches and typically do better in a shoe that offers more cushioning. These foot types are the extremes and usually are the most challenging to fit, but by utilizing an I-Step Scanning Device and by observing gait patterns our staff can successfully determine your foot type, and therefore assist you in finding a shoe that will function more efficiently for your foot type.
Come in Any Time For a Fitting!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions in advance.