Even when you choose a shoe of the proper length for you, it can still feel too tight. Some people go up a size, which can help a little, but it's not enough. By not considering shoe width, you open yourself to injury.
How Narrow Shoes Can Injure Your Feet
Many foot issues stem from ill-fitting footwear:
- Ingrown toenails
- Hammer toe
Each of these problems can develop from placing your toes into abnormal positions by wearing tight, narrow shoes. Other issues can develop as well. Also, these are the least of the possible problems.
Improper fit can also cause back problems, knee pain, and increase the likelihood of accidents. A bad fit can wreak havoc on the feet of diabetics who have trouble feeling their feet or toes. Tight shoes can also cause your feet to swell up, which can lead to even more problems.
Many people out there think some pain or discomfort is normal for certain shoes. You may also think discomfort will last until you "break in" the shoe. None of that is true.
If you experience pain or discomfort, then you shouldn't wear the shoe at all. Listen to your body. When it tells you something hurts, stop doing it. If pain and discomfort are a constant problem for you, then speak to a podiatrist about ingrown toenails treatment and other remedies.
How You Can Choose the Right Shoes
If you practice some diligence with your shoe choices, you shouldn't have any issues.
Know your measurements
The best way to combat tightness is to know the dimensions of your feet. A quick search should show you several ways you can do it yourself. Any reputable shoe seller should have tips or charts for finding your full foot measurements. Knowing your measurements can eliminate many potential problems.
Shop for comfort
You should always seek comfort when you're trying new shoes. If you experience any discomfort when you put them on, don't purchase them.
Find places that sell your size and width
People are accustomed to shoe stores that only sell shoes by length. However, many shoe stores and sites will allow you to specify a width as well. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
See a podiatrist for any foot problems
If you're having foot pain or other foot problems, you should see a professional. Shoes shouldn't hurt. If you're certain you have shoes sized right for you and still have issues with your feet, then another underlying issue can be the culprit.