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Are you wearing the right size shoes?

We all know children’s feet are growing all the time and need to be measured regularly, but did you know that our feet can change during adulthood too?  Although changes may be small, it can make a big difference to the fit of your shoes.

Wearing the wrong size shoes can cause heel pain, blistering and leave you feeling sore even after short periods of time on your feet.

The My FootDr 2017 Healthy Feet Survey revealed that only 11 per cent of respondents had their feet professionally measured in the past 12 months.

 My FootDr’s tips for finding the right shoe size:

  1. Professionally measured: Visit a podiatrist or experienced retail assistant who can measure your feet using the correct equipment. A My FootDr staff member will not only measure length but also take width and foot conditions into consideration when fitting your shoes.
  2. Afternoon shopping: Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Your foot expands with use throughout the day.
  3. Size varies: Sizing can vary between manufacturers, expect size variations for different brands and shoe styles.
  4. Running shoes: We recommend going half a size up from your normal shoe size for running/active shoes.
  5. Pregnancy: The length and arches of the women’s feet change during and after pregnancy due to weight fluctuations and increased stress on the feet.
  6. Weight change:Did you know your shoe size can change as often as your dress size? If your weight fluctuates, chances are your foot size will too.
  7. Children’s feet:Children should be getting their feet measured every 3-4 months or when purchasing a new pair of shoes. Children’s feet continue to develop until age 18 and incorrect fitting shoes can impact foot development.

Next time you’re shoe shopping, pay attention to your foot size and ensure your feet are comfortable and secure in the shoes you are wearing.

If you haven’t had your feet sized in the last 12-18 months, visit your local My FootDr where our podiatrists and retail assistants can measure your feet correctly and offer recommendations on shoes that are suited to your feet.

3 responses to “Are you wearing the right size shoes?”

  1. I am always trying to wear the right size shoes. Because if shoes are small or more significant than foot size, then it will be uncomfortable for moving. Do I want to know from you what do you think about maternity shoes? I think the sleeper is the best choice for maternity shoes. Hope so you also agree with me.

    • Jake Magill says:

      Hi Margaret,
      Thank you for your comment. That is correct. If shoes are too small or too big for your feet they will be uncomfortable and harmful to your feet. That’s why it’s so important to regularly have your feet professionally sized to avoid problems caused by ill-fitting shoes.

      You can get some great shoes to wear during pregnancy. Slippers are definitely a comfortable option, but you need to make sure they are supportive on your feet. I would recommend the Cozy Ida or Juniper by Vionic as a supportive and comfortable slippers option. If you were looking for an everyday shoe, Urban by Ziera is a great option. The orthotic friendly sneaker has a supportive adjustable strap and is made from neoprene which stretches and makes the shoe super lightweight. The last thing you want during pregnancy is heavy and uncomfortable shoes! Visit your local My FootDr podiatrists who will also be able to professionally size your feet.
      – Ellie

  2. Issie says:

    Hi Jake. Thank you for great tips. I always have a problem with buying shoes, I have to go back to the store and change again. But now I turn to go shopping by surfing internet example here http://www.womensedge.org/best-walking-shoes-for-women/. I really hope that your tips would be helpful for choosing the best walking shoes to me.