Our Houston, TX community is home to millions of citizens who come from
all walks of life and participate in a wide range of activities. Whether
we are talking about work or recreational activities, men or women, young
or old, there is an inescapable fact – people are usually wearing
shoes while doing what they do. Shoe styles and types are quite possibly
even more diverse than the people who sport them, but all footwear serves
the basic function of protecting our feet.
This means that no matter which activities you love to perform or which
tasks you need to complete, knowing how to choose the right shoes is an
essential component of your foot health. If you spend time thinking about
what this means for your feet, it can become a tad overwhelming, but we
can break this down and make it easier for you.
Anytime you are shopping for new shoes, be sure to consider the following:
- Do they fit correctly? Many foot and ankle issues could be avoided by simply
wearing footwear that fits like it should. A shoe should firmly cradle
the heel, but you should have room in the front for toes to wiggle (which
is typically not the case for high heels). You should be able to slide
your index finger down the back, up to your second knuckle, as well.
- Do they provide arch support? Foot arches play a major role in helping
your body absorb the physical forces that come with every step, and they
contribute to proper biomechanical processes. Shoes, especially athletic
footwear, should provide robust arch support to ease the force load on
- Is there ample cushioning under the heel? Heel injuries can keep you out
of your favorite activities, so make sure that your footwear choices include
models that feature enough cushioning in the back. This is especially
important for those of you who enjoy running.
- Are they constructed from breathable materials? A major step in preventing
fungal and bacterial infections is to keep feet as dry as possible. To
that end, shoes that are made out of breathable materials like leather
or nylon mesh are best.
For more information on how to choose shoes and why footwear choices make
a difference in your foot health, contact Houston Foot Specialists. We
can also answer any questions you have to ensure that your footwear choices
are the right ones. Either give us a call at (713) 467-8886 to speak with
one of our staff members or schedule a visit with our Houston, TX office