Infinity Rehab therapists understand the importance of good shoes and how they are tied to foot health. The shoes you wear play an important role in your comfort and safety when walking. Changes that naturally occur as we age might require shoes of a different size, shape, and type. It’s important to monitor changes in the way your shoes feel, as they can be a sign that your shoes need to be swapped for new ones.
What to look for when buying new shoes
- Get fitted to make sure you are buying the correct size shoe.
- Shop for shoes later in the day to allow for foot swelling.
- Look for rounded toes and brands/models that come in a variety of widths.
- Choose shoes that have solid support and are made of material that provides good ventilation.
- The sole should have some tread to provide good traction, but not too much.
- Pick shoes with laces or straps vs. slip-on or backless shoes; they provide more support and stability, leading to improved foot health.
- With use, shoes lose their cushioning and support. Shoes generally should be replaced every 8-12 months.
What to avoid when buying new shoes
- Shoes with heels higher than 1 to 1.5 inches. Shoes with lower heels and a wider floor contact area are associated with the lowest number of falls.
- Shoes with excess cushioning. They may feel good but can cause you to be more unstable.
- Shoes with rocker bottoms – these can be unstable and lead to falls.
Do you have questions about your foot health? For more advice, talk with a local Infinity Rehab therapist!