If you are a woman, chances are your shoes are too small.
According to The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), 88% of women wear shoes that are too small for the actual size of their feet. Researchers found this when they examined 356 women and found most had not had their feet measured for their true foot size in over a decade. 50% of those said that they had daily foot pain caused by their shoes. Are we crazy or just in love with pretty shoes?
Wearing shoes that are fashionable, with high heels and pointy toes can set you up for foot problems down the road. As we age, our feet tend to flatten and widen. We also begin to lose the fat pad at the ball of the foot that cushions our foot bones. Add too small shoes to the equation and you are open to hammertoes, calluses, blisters, bunions and many other foot issues. Yee-ouch!
Buy your shoes in the afternoon or evening, when feet are larger. Don’t think that a shoe will become more comfortable after you wear it. If a shoe doesn’t feel good and fit your foot now when you are trying it on in the store, it won’t fit a month from now. Trust me.