Keep Your Feet Healthy!
Helpful Healthy Feet Tips
- Give your feet time to adjust to new shoes– walk around casually for a couple of days before working out.
- Feet get larger with age. We recommend you have your feet measured once a year.
- Women’s feet may become a half size larger or more after pregnancy.
- Make sure you wear the type of socks you’ll wear with the shoes. The “wrong” socks will alter the fit.
- Feet swell during the day. Try on shoes later in the day when your feet are the largest.
- Bring your old athletic shoes to the store– tread wear and stress areas will help guide you to your next selection.
- Specific shoes are designed to enhance performance for specific activities– if you plan to run, don’t buy cross trainers– buy running shoes.
- The heel should fit snuggly with no slippage.
- The mid-foot, the area under your arch and over your instep, should fit snug and not tight.
- The toe-box should have enough room to wiggle your toes.
- Your left and right foot may differ by as much as a full size. Measure both and fit the larger foot.
- Your shoes are too small if your feet cramp or fall asleep while running or just afterwards or blisters and calluses occur between your toes.
- Rule of thumb for shoes– if they hurt in the store they’ll hurt at home.
Fit Facts for Healthy Kids
- Don’t hesitate to ask a pediatrician for advice if you have questions.
- From birth to three years old, your child’s feet will grow a half size every three months.
- Don’t let a child wear “hand-me-down” shoes. They’ve already been formed to fit another foot.
- Shoe size should be checked every four to six months.
- Select a footwear category based on the function of the shoe.
- Pay attention to the size, but also the overall fit: length, width, height and comfort.
- Getting the child properly fit is important. Please get help from a fitting professional.
- Footwear should work with your child’s foot and not inhibit its natural motion.
- The younger the better– take care of your child’s foot problems now and they are more likely to self-correct as the child grows up.