According to a new survey, 88% of women wear shoes which are too small. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) examined the feet of 356 women.
There results showed that 88% of them were indeed wearing shoes which are too small. Most of the women didn’t measure their feet for more than a decade. They simply thought they were the right size.
Still, 50% of the women said they experience pain from their shoes on a daily basis. Even worse, as we know, most women consider that as normal. It isn’t.
Alexis E. Dixon, M.D., DISC Sports & Spine Center, Marina Del Rey California says to Ryortho that as we age, feet change. As people grow older, their feet become wider and flatter. Their natural “cushion” in the ball of the foot grows thin. All of this can cause pain by itself.
Now add a pair of shoes which no longer are the right size and the problems are guaranteed. Dixon says it’s better to buy shoes later in the day and to opt for shoes which aren’t too tight. A perfect shoe gives a nice snug fit, but doesn’t constrain the foot.
She also says to avoid pointy toed shoes and shoes with thin high heels for a long day. Buyers should stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8″ to 1/2″) from the end of the longest toe to the end of the shoe.