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3 Factors to Consider When Looking for Supportive Footwear

Supportive shoes are a great way to ensure your feet stay happy and healthy for a very long time! It is also a great solution to help ease current foot ailments such as bunions and hammertoes. If you have decided that supportive footwear is the way to go, but not sure which way to turn – below are 3 factors to consider when deciding on a pair of supportive shoes. 

It’s important to note that your podiatrist can always help point you in the right direction as well and even suggest shoe brands that they highly recommend. After reading this post, make sure to call or email us with any questions you may have! We’re here to make you feel comfortable about the overall health of your feet and to ensure they last a lifetime! Now, let’s dive into those factors to consider…

Arch Support

The arch is the curved part on the bottom of your foot. While your arch on both feet should be similar, they are different from person to person! This is why it’s even more important to find a well fitting shoe – what works for you may not work for someone else. When looking for a shoe with arch support, consider your arch type. If you have a higher arch, look for something with more cushion. A lower arch does not need as much cushion, but enough comfort to ensure your foot does not slide when walking.

Breathable Material

With all shoes, it’s important that they are made from a material that allows your feet to breathe. This prevents them from getting sweaty and ultimately leading to other foot issues such as foot fungus. Additionally, having a shoe of quality material allows your feet to fit comfortably and not have to worry about it sticking or rubbing. Examples of breathable materials include leather and various textiles. Make sure to ask or do your research on the shoe’s material before making a purchase. Breathable shoes tend to last much longer as well. 

Room for Your Toes

Supportive shoes should always have enough room for your toes to sit comfortably at the front of the shoe. If your toes feel pinched or narrowed, the shoe is not supportive! That initial pinched feeling tends to worsen the longer the shoe is worn and can result in long term issues. A shoe with a rounded or open toe tends to give your feet the most room to feel comfortable.

If you are looking for supportive shoes and not sure where to turn, as mentioned, you can always contact our office to learn more about supportive shoe wear or schedule an appointment to see how our board certified podiatrists can help. Your comfort and foot health is our mission at Foot & Ankle Associates!