Foot problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, and circulation issues can all be caused by ill-fitting shoes. However, pain and discomfort don't just affect your feet; they can also affect your ankles, knees, and back, making it critical to wear shoes that fit properly.
Because different companies size their shoes slightly differently, you can't always rely on sizing alone, therefore it's always a good idea to try on shoes and see how they feel. But how can you be sure you have the correct fit unless you know what to look for?
Having properly fitted shoes can help prevent foot injuries, which is a significant issue when it comes to foot health. Our posture and gait are influenced by our feet, which in turn influences our biomechanics and general body structure. The risk of serious damage is far higher than one may think, with 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments. Even though the feet stop growing as adults, they continue to change shape. When it comes to buying incorrectly fitting shoes, there are a few things to think about:
Properly fitting shoes are critical when considering how shoes fit your body's biomechanics. Fortunately, finding footwear that fits properly is not difficult. Make sure you're wearing shoes that support your body's overall structure. Invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today to do your feet a favour.
Ingrown Nails - When your shoes are too tight, your nail has nowhere to go and digs into the flesh around your nails. Inflammation, swelling, and discomfort result as a result of this.
Blisters - Blisters are the most prevalent foot ailment, and they can occur in practically any form of shoe, including new sneakers that haven't been broken in, flats, slides (particularly when worn without socks), and even some types of sandals.
Heel Pain - Plantar fasciitis could be to blame if your feet suffer first thing in the morning, even when you take your first steps. The inflammation of your plantar fascia is what causes plantar fasciitis. It can be brought on by flat feet or a rapid increase in exercise, such as marathon training.
Bunions - Bunions can form as a result of illnesses like arthritis, but wearing tight shoes exacerbates the discomfort. Avoid wearing narrow or sharp shoes if you already have bunions. One of the most effective ways to control moderate bunions is to wear proper footwear with low heels.
Athlete’s Foot - While the most common cause of athlete's foot is a lack of shoes (such as not wearing shower shoes in the locker room), the condition can also be caused by wearing improper shoes. Your feet won't be able to breathe if your shoes are too tight. This is especially true if you're wearing gym shoes because you're more prone to sweat in them.
Hammertoe - The joints in your second, third, fourth, and fifth toes are affected by hammertoe. As a result of the abnormal bending of the joints caused by hammertoes, your toes may curl up rather than lay flat on the ground. You'll need shoes with a big toe box to offer your toes the room they require. This means that shoes with a narrow or pointed toe can aggravate hammertoes.
For more information on how to get the correct size for each type of shoe check out our infographic below.
To ensure that you get the right size check out our size guide.