Choosing the right shoe for your foot shape

Last update: 19 September 2021

Choosing the right shoe for your foot shape

You’ve probably experienced foot discomfort like the majority of individuals. However, many individuals are unaware that wearing shoes that are inappropriate for your foot shape is a common source of foot pain. Knowing your foot form and how to recognize the correct types of shoes is critical for your feet’s comfort and health. Find out how to select the best shoes for your feet with our helpful hints!

Choosing shoes according to the shape of your feet

The first step is to figure out what shape your feet have. There are as many varieties of feet as there are sizes, however depending on the size of the toes, there are three basic foot shapes:

  • The Egyptian foot has a bigger big toe than the others. This is the most common foot shape and the easiest to fit. If this describes you, you’re in luck since nearly all shoe styles will fit you.
  • The Greek foot’s big toe is smaller than the second toe. In this situation, make sure to select a shoe size that accommodates your second toe. Shoes with a pointed toe or a round toe are best for your foot shape and will prevent issues like hammer toes or claw toes.
  • The Roman (or square) foot has a square form generated by the alignment of the first three toes, as the name implies. This is the most challenging foot form to fit. The first thing to consider is choosing a shoe model with enough area for your toes. Instead of shoes with narrow, pointy toes, choose models with broad, rounded, or square toes.

The breadth of the foot is another thing to consider. To discover the correct size for you, measure the length and width of your feet, as well as the length of your arches.

The right athletic shoes for your foot shape  

Running shoes, which are valued for their comfort as well as their support, must also suit the shape of the foot. However, because they are designed for activities such as running, it is even more crucial to consider your stride, or the way your foot lands on the ground at each step.

Examine the sole of an old pair of running shoes to determine your stride:

  • Worn sole in the middle: neutral stride. Most quality running shoes are suitable for this purpose.
  • Worn sole on the inner side: pronated stride. This means that the foot turns inward when it touches the ground. Shoes designed for pronator feet provide greater foot stability and support. Orthotics may be recommended in some situations. To learn more, speak with your podiatrist.

Not only can choosing the correct running shoes save you from tiredness, discomfort, and injury, but it will also have a significant influence on your performance, comfort, and pleasure of your favorite sport.

Shoe types that are bad for your feet

Many aspects, such as size and support, go into selecting the right shoe for your foot shape. Fashion is vital as well, but not at all costs! Unfortunately, certain styles of shoes might be harmful to your feet’s health. When worn for an extended period of time, high heels, in particular, can cause pain in the forefoot. High heels, in fact, put a lot of strain on the knees and can also lead to osteoarthritis. Very flat shoes, such as ballet flats and beach sandals, on the other hand, provide little support and can cause heel pain as well as problems such as heel spurs.

The professionals at PiedReseau are here to assist you!

When it comes to choosing the correct shoe for you, keep in mind that the form of your foot will determine which style is ideal for you. However, if you are experiencing foot discomfort or pain, you should seek medical help. A health expert will be able to advise you on the best course of action. PiedReseau’s podiatrists are skilled in treating foot, knee, hip, and back issues. Make an appointment at a clinic near you today.

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