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How to find the right shoes?

Mar 31st 2015 at 8:00 AM

Shoes play a huge role in the development and prevention of such problems with the feet and toes, as bursitis of the big toe, corn, callus and hammer toe. Unsuitable shoes can even worsen these conditions and make the process of wearing them more painful. That is why you need to pay much attention to the selection of the new Ecco shoes.


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Comfortable and well-fitting shoes provides you with:

  • Relieving pain in the feet or toes, which is caused by deformation and problems with joints.

  • Preventing the development or worsening problems with the feet or toes.

  • Prevention of recurrence of problems with joints of the toes after corrective surgery.

  • Before setting off for shoes designed to correct your foot problems, ask your doctor to give you the necessary guidance.


Why is it so important to have good shoes?

Good shoes that fit you is the key to preventing problems with the feet and their treatment. You can develop corn, callus, bursitis or hammer the big toe due to many different reasons, such as joint disease, genetic predisposition or stroke. But the shoes play a huge role in how severe the condition of your feet will be.

If you had surgery to eliminate your problems with the feet, wearing properly fitting shoes will reduce the possibility of re-occurrence of these problems.

Although after the operation, you can wear narrow shoes or high heels without feeling pain, these kinds of shoes increase the probability of a recurrence of the problems with the feet.


When you select the right shoe you need to look for:

  • Low heel. Avoid narrow, sharp-nosed shoes and shoes with high heel. High heels increase pressure on the forefoot and toe joints. If you can not avoid wearing sling back pumps or high heels, pick heels that are no higher than 5 cm.

  • Wide and deep at the foot shoes, especially in the fingers. The distance between your longest finger and the end of the shoes should be at least 1.3 cm. In the shoes you should be able to move your fingers.

  • Shoes with a hard back cover or reinforced heel, which will prevent your foot from slipping of the shoes.

  • Flexible sole that allows your fingers to bend while walking.

  • Shoes that will sit tight on the instep of your foot in its widest part.

  • Closed shoes, which are better than with the lacing. Sports shoes can be a good option.

  • Shoes that breathe when your foot sweats. Avoid plastic or vinyl shoes.

  • Shoes without seams that graze or irritate the skin.


Every person needs to be attentive to the choice of shoes, that should be according to your size, foot form and to you wardrobe. But if you have problems with your feet you need to be very careful with the selection of your shoes. Ans according to the describes above characteristics follow the instructions and advice of the doctor.


Anastasia Kovalenko, general practitioner, gives the recommendations how to select the right Blundstone shoes or any other shoes for every day wear.

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