The Right Shoe

For some patients picking a good supportive shoe can be a daunting process, especially if you don’t know what to look for. We’ve written this simple to follow guide to help you make sure that your next pair of shoes are the best ones you’ve ever had!


  1. Shop In The Afternoon - as we go about our daily activities blood tends to pool in our feet, swelling them. Only go shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening, when your feet are the most swollen, to make sure the shoes you buy will fit comfortably all day long.

  2. They Should Fit Right The First Time - perhaps you’ve heard a salesman tell you there’s something called a break in period, sadly this just isn’t true. While some shoes and boots made of leather may take some time to soften up, they should not be uncomfortable when you first wear them. Odds are if the shoe isn’t comfortable you need a larger size, or even a different shoe type entirely. Be patient and try on as many as you need to until you find ones that are very comfortable, you’ll be spending a long time in them so now’s not the time to rush to a decision.

  3. Get Measured - We can’t tell you how often we ask the question “when was the last time your foot was measured” only to hear “not since I was a child”. Our feet can continue growing well past childhood, so if you haven’t been measured in a while now is the time. You may be surprised that you’ve been buying the wrong size for years!

  4. When In Doubt Ask An Expert - odds are you have a podiatrist near you who can help recommend the right type of shoe. Your podiatrist will consider several factors, such as your arch height, gait pattern, your weight and your activity level when making a recommendation specifically for you.


If you are having trouble finding shoes that support you all day long make an appointment with one of Ankle & Foot Associates friendly podiatrists, we’ve got 18 convenient locations to better serve you.

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